On average, 1,615 cyberattacks are believed to have affected organizations in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries, making the continent the biggest victim of attacks, according to cybersecurity solutions provider CheckPoint Software Technologies ( CST).
Breaches in Africa, according to CST, represent a 15% increase from 2020. The company also revealed that 2021 saw a 50% increase in global attacks per week on corporate networks around the world, compared to to the previous year. CST noted that Asia-Pacific (APAC) comes in second, with an average of 1,299 weekly attacks per organization (20% increase), followed by Latin America with an average of 1,117 attacks per week ( increase of 37%), Europe with 665 (65% increase) and North America with 497 (57% increase).
The sectors that recorded the most cyberattacks were Education / Research with an average of 1,468 attacks per organization, each week (60% increase from 2020), followed by Government / Military with 1,082 (increase by 40%) and Health Care with 752 (increase of 55%).
CheckPoint said a major attack was the botnet, launched in 2021. The cybersecurity company explained that the botnet is a network of computers infected with malware that can be fully controlled by a single command and control center. exploited by a cybercriminal. the network itself, which can be made up of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of computers, is then used to further spread the malware and increase the size of the network.
“The type of malware that has the most impact on organizations in 2021 is the botnet with an average of over 8% of organizations impacted each week (a decrease of 9% from 2020), followed by malware banking at 4.6% (an increase of 26%) and cryptominer at 4.2% (a decrease of 22%), ransomware 1.9% and mobile 1.2%, ”said CheckPoint.
Warning to organizations, CheckPoint said the increase in multi-vector attacks designed to infect multiple components of an IT infrastructure in 2021 is alarming, adding that such attacks are the biggest challenge facing security professionals, requiring effective measures in place, such as preventing attacks before they occur and using a security architecture that enables and facilitates single, consistent protection
The company indicated that all surfaces and attack vectors in the business need to be secured through a single solution that offers broad cybersecurity coverage, especially in today’s multi-hybrid environment where the perimeter is now everywhere. Organizations also need to segment their networks and apply strong firewall and intrusion prevention protections between network segments. This, CheckPoint said, contains infections that spread across the network.
He further pointed out that “while there is no one miracle technology that can protect organizations from all threats and all threat vectors, there are many interesting technologies, such as machine learning, sandboxing, anomaly detection, content disarming and much more. Each of these technologies can be very effective in specific scenarios, spanning specific file types or attack vectors. “
Cyber security experts noted that two important things to consider are threat extraction (file disinfection) and threat emulation (advanced sandboxing), explaining that each item offers distinct protection. When used together, threat extraction and emulation provide a complete solution to protect against unknown malware at the network level and directly at endpoints.