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State of The Internet Security 2020 Year In Review

What a year it's been. . 

Just as the ink started to dry on those first pages of 2020, we opened up our first report with this:

"As we look forward to the year ahead, the staff that produces the State of the Internet / Security report really only has one resolution -- evolve. It's an interesting mandate, because we're not the only ones evolving. Criminals have started to evolve, and their attacks are getting more ambitious by the day."

No one could have predicted how much the world would "evolve" in the upcoming months. 

This end-of-year report is our attempt to review a year that seems to have more chapters than your favorite book series. We look back at the reports that both were and weren't, and how COVID-19 impacted not only internet security and traffic, but the team as well.

We also take a moment in this report to update some of the data sets that came out earlier in the year, to see how the trends we saw at the beginning of COVID-19 played out throughout the year.

It's been one heck of a year, for everyone, in every single industry. 

If this year has taught us anything, it's that we all can dance with uncertainty for a little bit. However, it's the teams and the people who you interact with daily that can help bring back a smidge of certainty. 

So, as we start to see 2020 in the rearview mirror, let's take a moment to appreciate where we are. This year was full of learnings, not just about how attackers are leveraging fear and uncertainty to create more havoc, but about how a remote and digital world could and can function.

But there are a couple of big takeaways from this year: Wash your hands and don't reuse your passwords.

Read the full State of the Internet 2020 Year in Review