Cyber-attacks hit all-time high in 2021
Cyber-attacks hit an all-time peak at the end of 2021, topping more than 925 attacks a week per organisation, according to a report from Check Point Research.
There has been 50% more attacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020, researchers found.
The education and research sector was victim to the highest volume of attacks, averaging 1,605 attacks per organisation every week – a 75% increase from 2020. The government and military sector were just behind with 1,136 attacks per week (47% increase), and the communications industry was the third highest, with 1,079 attacks weekly per organisation (51% increase).
Globally, Africa saw the highest amount of attacks in 2021, with an average of 1,582 attacks per organisation per week, a 13% increase from the year before. Following this, APAC experienced an average of 1,353 attacks per organisation (25% increase), Latin America saw 1,118 attacks weekly (38%), Europe experienced 670 attacks per week (68% increase), and North America, with an average of 503 attacks per organisation per week (61% increase).
Check Point Research (CPR) found that one of the most dominant challenges facing security practitioners is Gen V attacks – a combination of a wide breadth of threats, large scale attacks, and a broad attack surface. CPR recommends “a security architecture that enables and facilitates a unified and cohesive protection infrastructure” which will “provide more comprehensive and faster protection than an infrastructure comprised of pieces that don’t work together.”
This means implementing a security system that covers everything such as email, web browsing, servers, and storage.
Check Point also advises organisations to maintain up-to-date security patches, segment their networks with strong firewalls and IPS safeguards and raise user awareness in employees.
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