The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is a bi-annual publication Microsoft creates for customers, partners and the security industry. The purpose of their report is to educate organizations about the current state of threats, recommended best practices, and solutions. Microsoft has many sources of information for their reports, including information voluntarily shared from a global customer base across 100+ countries and millions of computers. 

Notable trends in recent reports include:

Botnets continue to impact millions of computers globally, infecting them with old and new forms of malware. This report provides information about the highly publicized disruption of the Gamarue botnet, which Microsoft helped with in 2017.

Hackers went for the easy marks. If cybercrime is a business, then low-cost attack methods with potentially high returns is what hackers focused on in 2017.

Ransomware is still a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

Download the report here