This New Report Reveals Huge Increase of 80% in Cyber Attacks Targeted Applications

Cybersecurity has become a huge concern given the massive uptick in DDoS attacks that were detected last year since all records were broken as far as that particular kind of cyber attacks is concerned. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that these are not the only kinds of cyber attacks that malicious actors are trying to implement, with micro-floods also being on the rise.

Micro-floods have flown somewhat under the radar because DDoS seemed to get most of the publicity, but this micro floods coupled with application level attacks actually increased by a startling 80% between 2020 and 2021 with all things having been considered and taken into account. Such a development is concerning because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up indicating that malicious actors are opting for several small to mid sized attacks as opposed to just focusing on large scale ones which security leaders need to start taking more seriously.

What’s more is that by combing cyber attacks of various sizes, malicious actors can make it more difficult for security professionals to try to mitigate their attacks. Changing attack patterns might force security experts to constantly have to adapt to the new attack variants, and this can reduce the efficiency with which such cyber attacks can be kept at bay.

This comes from a new report released by Radware, and the report also revealed what the biggest targets for cyber attacks are. The gaming and retail industries received 22% apiece of the total attack volume that was seen in 2021. Government agencies came in second with 13% of the overall attack volume, followed by the healthcare industry at 12% which is the last one on this list to see an attack volume percentage that is in the double digits.

Midsized attacks also rose by 39%, and this needs to be factored into the future security protocols and mitigation techniques that experts might be trying to implement because of how significant it is.

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