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Cyber Attacks Now State-Level Weapon, Disrupting Everyday Lives,
with Ransomware the Number One Threat, says Check Point Software’s
2022 Cyber Attacks Trends: Mid-Year Report

‘Cyber Attack Trends: 2022 Mid-Year Report’ takes a closer look at
how cyber-attacks have intensified in the first half of this year,
highlighting a 42% global increase in attacks'

While many organizations have continued to grapple with the security challenges brought about by digital transformation and the race to the cloud, the first six months of 2022 started with the continued fallout of Log4j, one of the most serious zero-day vulnerabilities ever seen. Sadly, one of the most era-defining moments of 2022 so far though, has been the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Its impact on the cyber landscape has been unprecedented.

Download the cyber-Attacks trends, 2022 Mid-year report to get detailed insights about:

  1. Global increase in cyberattacks: In the first half of the year, there was a 42% increase in weekly cyberattacks globally with every region experiencing a significant escalation.
  2. Cyberattacks entrenched as a state-level weapon: Cyber warfare has intensified to become an essential part of the preparation for, and conduct of, actual military conflict. The report delves into what this means for governments and enterprises all over the world, even those that are not directly involved in the war.
  3. Ransomware is the number one threat: This year, ransomware actors have stepped up to nation-state level, targeting the entire countries of Costa Rica and Peru. The huge potential for financial gain means that ransomware is going to be around for a long time and will only get worse
  4. Incident Response (IR) perspective: For the first time, we have included a chapter from our Incident Response team. Unlike the analyses and trends discussed throughout the rest of the report, this chapter offers a unique insight as the IR team’s work is vendor-agnostic and looks at the full lifecycle of a cyberattack - not just attempted ones.
  5. Cloud supply chain attacks: Supply chain attacks started to meet the cloud arena in 2022 with the breach of cloud-based identity management platform, Okta. The most prominent supply chain risk we are seeing, though, comes from modules in the open-source community that are not properly vetted or managed.
  6. Major disruption to everyday lives: Cybercriminals have caused real harm to civic life in 2022. From attacks on essential services including healthcare and stopping medical appointments, to attack on Lincoln College in the US, resulted in the college closing its doors after 157 years.

2022 CYBER TRENDS

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