Ransomware and phishing attacks made up 45% of the total news stories featured throughout the year, while attacks on Microsoft systems were second with 20%. Other regular topics featured throughout 2021 included problems with the Google Play Store affecting Android users (14%), Apple flaws (10%), as well as a number of issues around social engineering, web browser and email vulnerabilities and COVID-19 spoofing threats.
There were a total of 219 cyber threats covered in 2021’s blog posts, which aim to highlight the dangers of the online world to businesses. This awareness could help to curb the threat of many of the threats before it is too late.
Cyber criminals have really taken the level of ransomware attacks to the next level over the last two years, taking advantage of businesses that remain remote working, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has seen more and more successful cyber attacks, due to the phishing campaigns that criminals are operating attracting more opens and downloads.
But, as the statistics show, it isn’t just ransomware that businesses have to fear. No, Microsoft’s various applications were used in nefarious ways by criminals to try and gain access to corporate networks. If criminals could successfully acquire an employee’s credentials, they would then attempt to move laterally through the network, as they tried to exfiltrate confidential data and gain monetarily from their malicious activity.
Software flaws too, were another big threat to organisations in 2021. The positive to this kind of threat, though, are that the software providers are usually one step ahead of the criminals, and quickly issue installable updates, to solve the problem, often before the flaws become common knowledge. However, this places a level of responsibility on businesses to ensure that they are installing any updates issued as promptly as possible. This means that their business would then be fully protected from any possible flaws cyber criminals could try and exploit.