Threat Incidents Increase by 73% in a Single Quarter

With cyber attacks increasing by such drastic amounts, research surrounding the topic is being conducted by several experts and institutions because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up mitigating the risks of these attacks. In spite of the fact that this is the case, cyber crime only seems to be rising at increasingly rapid rates, and according to research that was released by Trellix, the fourth quarter of 2021 might have been one of the worst quarters in recent memory.

This research revealed that cyber crime increased by as much as 73% in a single quarter, and with all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that individual consumers were some of the biggest targets. 14% of these attacks were conducted against individual consumers, but the healthcare sector has become an increasingly popular target as well with all things having been considered and taken into account. The fourth quarter of 2021 saw healthcare companies receiving a 12% share of these cyber attacks.

However, while both individuals and health care services are facing a wide range of attacks, the most severely hit sector is that of transportation and logistics. This sector comprised 27% of all advanced threat attacks, and the increase rates of these incidences seems to suggest that cyber criminals and malicious actors are getting better at gaining access to systems that they have no right entering.

Around 53% of these attacks were conducted using CommandShell on Windows as the binary to the native OS. PowerShell was also used 44% of the time, and malicious actors are using such built in resources to exploit vulnerabilities at a rapidly increasing rate. It won’t be long before they start to overwhelm the sectors that they are targeting, and their decentralized nature makes it difficult to predict where they might strike next. Only a collaborative, concerted effort by all the relevant parties can create an effective pushback against the rise of cyber crime, and until that happens the rate of incidents will only go up.

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