The security researchers at Check Point Research (CPR) have determined that the number of attacks on company networks has increased sharply everywhere, namely by 62 percent in Germany, by 117 percent in Austria and by 65 percent in Switzerland. In terms of industries, software providers in Germany were under constant fire and recorded an increase of 331 percent compared to 2020. Next come utilities (i.e. KRITIS) with 274 percent and distributors and resellers with 269 percent. In fourth place were ISPs and MSPs with 155 percent, and in fifth place were government agencies and the military with 116 percent. Europe as a region saw a 68 percent increase in all virtual attacks – the strongest percentage compared to other areas.
The security researchers saw a late peak in December because of the Log4J vulnerability, which affects almost every system in the world. Omer Dembinsky, Data Research Manager at Check Point, said: “The number of cyber attacks peaked towards the end of the year, mainly due to attempts to exploit the Log4J vulnerability. New penetration techniques and evasion methods have made it much easier for hackers to achieve malicious intent. What is particularly troubling is that some important sectors of society are high on the list of most commonly targeted areas.
Education, government and healthcare made it into the top 5 globally. I expect all of these numbers to increase in 2022 as hackers look for new methods of executing attacks, especially ransomware attacks. So we’re in a cyber pandemic, if you will. I encourage the public, especially those in the education, government, and healthcare sectors, to become familiar with the basics of their own IT protection. Various measures, such as applying patches, segmenting networks and training employees, can already make the networks much more secure.”