The SiteLock 2019 Website Security Report analyzed more than 6 million websites to determine the most prevalent cyber threats and identify the top website risks in 2018 and emerging trends for 2019.
The report explores three primary topics that drive website security: attack patterns and risks, web code vulnerabilities, and malware,
Despite the increase in attacks, the number of infected websites remained constant at 1% throughout 2018, equating to 17.6 million websites worldwide attacked at any given time. While the numbers continue to rise, the findings also suggest website security solutions are becoming more effective in defending against sophisticated attacks.
Only 15% of malware-infected websites were blacklisted last year by search engines such as Bing and Google. That's down 4% from the prior year. Many website owners assume a search engine will alert them if malware is on their site, but that’s not always the case.
The report notes that search engines are using greater caution when blacklisting websites to avoid reporting errors at the site owner’s expense. When blacklisting occurs, the consequences can impact a website’s traffic, reputation, and even profitability.
One reason for the decrease, per the report, can be attributed to cybercriminals leveraging “quieter, symptomless attacks.” For example, search engine optimization (SEO) spam, a former favorite type of attack, accounted for only 2% of malware this year and was found on only 18% of infected websites.