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Check Point Software’s 2023 Cyber Security Report

Geo-political conflict triggers increase in cyberattacks and the rise of ‘disruption and destruction’ malware

Check Point’s 2023 Cyber Security Report looks back on a tumultuous 2022, which saw cyberattacks reach an all-time high in response to the Russo-Ukrainian war. Education and Research remains the most targeted sector, but attacks on the healthcare sector registered a 74% increase year-on-year. Overall, global cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022 compared to 2021

Highlights from the 2023 Cyber Security Report include:

  • Ransomware Extortion and Unrestrained Wipers - Attribution of ransomware operations and tracking threat actors may become even harder, Instead, the focus will be more on data wiping and exfiltration detection
  • Hacktivism - The boundaries between state cyber-operations and hacktivism have been blurred, as nation states acted with a degree of anonymity without fear of retaliation. Non-state affiliated hacktivist groups are better organized and more effective than ever before
  • Cloud: Third Party Threat - There has been a significant increase in the number of attacks on cloud-based networks per organization, which shot up by 48% in 2022 compared with 2021 indicating a concerning shift
  • Weaponization of Legitimate Tools - To combat sophisticated cybersecurity solutions, threat actors use built-in operating system capabilities and tools, which are already installed on target systems, and exploit popular IT management tools that are less likely to raise suspicion when detected

The 2023 Cyber Security Report gives a detailed synopsis of the cyber-threat landscape and provides practical take-aways and recommendations to security professionals on how to prevent the next attack. Whether it’s a ransomware attack, a data breach, a phishing attack or a supply chain attack – prevention is at reach!


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