Check Point Research Finds Cyberattacks spiked by 50 percent in 2021 as compared to 2020, aided by millions of attacks in December by hackers attempting to exploit the Log4J vulnerability, according to a Check Point Software Technologies research report.
Calling 2021 a “record breaking year,” the security provider pointed to a worldwide peak of 925 cyber attacks per organization weekly and an October 2021 measure that showed a 40 percent increase in cyberattacks, with one out of every 61 entities hit by ransomware each week. The number of cyberattacks on managed service providers (MSPs) and internet service providers (ISPs) rose by nearly 70 percent year over year.
In 2021, the education and research sector experienced the highest volume of attacks at an average of 1,605 a week per organization, for a 75 percent increase over 2020. Among the other highest sectors were:
Among the geographic regions most frequently attacked in 2021 were:
Check Point offered some pointers on how organizations can prevent the next cyber pandemic: