Fileless attacks are on the rise and are predicted to comprise 35 percent of all attacks next year, according to the Ponemon Institute.
A new national survey conducted by Barkly and the Ponemon Institute titled “2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk,” released on Wednesday, suggests that this method of cyberattack is becoming more popular — and traditional antivirus solutions are doing little to stop the trend.
After surveying 665 IT security professionals in the enterprise, the organizations discovered that faith in traditional file-scanning and antivirus software has become ashes in the wake of new, more innovative methods of compromising PCs and computer networks.
“We are in the midst of a significant shift in endpoint security,” Barkley and Ponemon say in the report. “The majority of organizations are replacing or augmenting these solutions with new security tools designed to stop fileless attacks, though many remain skeptical such attacks can be stopped at all.”
Fileless attacks dismiss traditional methods of compromise, such as downloading and executing malicious files on a victim’s system, as they can be detected by security solutions.
Instead, these attacks leverage exploits or launch scripts from memory, which can infect endpoints without leaving a trail behind.
According to the report, 70 percent of those surveyed said that the security risk to their…