2023 State of Malware Report: What the channel needs to know to stay ahead of threats

The channel, comprising managed service providers (MSPs), Systems Integrators (SIs), value-added resellers (VARs), and more, plays a vital role in providing cybersecurity for companies around the globe today. But as malware evolves and cyberattacks become more common, keeping up with the top threats to the channel can be difficult.

With a plethora of cyberthreats out there, which ones should channel partners focus on in 2023?

Malwarebytes addresses this question in the 2023 State of Malware Report, identifying the five most potentially damaging malware threats that MSPs, SIs, VARs, including their clients, should prioritize.

Key channel threats in the 2023 State of Malware Report

One example of threats the channel should prepare for is the email-borne Emotet Trojan, a notorious threat that continues to plague businesses. The report also highlights the growing issue of ransomware attacks, 39% of which target service providers according to Kaseya’s 2022 MSP Benchmark Survey.

A particular focus is on the ransomware group LockBit, which was responsible for the majority of ransomware attacks in 2022. In February 2023 alone, the group published 126 victims on its leak page. LockBit affects companies of all sizes, from hospitals to small and large businesses.

Our report serves as a valuable resource for channel partners, helping them optimize defense strategies and take both proactive and reactive measures in the fight against the most damaging malware threats of the year. By using the insights from the report, the channel can better protect their own organizations as well as their customers’.

The role of channel partners in cybersecurity

The channel is pivotal to helping their clients adapt to the ever-changing threat landscape and avoid falling victim to devastating cyberattacks. As channel partners make their way into 2023, they can stay ahead of the curve by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Prioritize the top five malware threats identified in the Malwarebytes report and implement targeted defense strategies to protect clients against these risks.
  • Read our Threat Intelligence blog to keep informed about the latest cyberthreats, such as the activities of ransomware groups like LockBit, to ensure your clients are prepared for emerging risks.
  • Educate your clients about the evolving threat landscape and help them develop a culture of security awareness within their organizations.
  • Continuously evaluate and optimize your security offerings to ensure they meet the needs of your clients and protect against the latest threats.

Channel partners are uniquely positioned to guide companies through the complex cybersecurity landscape. As trusted advisors, they play a crucial role in educating businesses about the latest threats, providing tailored security solutions, and ensuring that their clients—and themselves—can continue to operate securely and efficiently. Read the full report below to learn more.

Get the full 2023 State of Malware report for the channel