Global weekly cyber attacks hit a record high in Q4 2021 of 925 attempts per organization, according to new data from Checkpoint.
The security provider analyzed the information collected by hundreds of millions of global sensors from its network, endpoint and mobile threat prevention products.
He claimed Attack attempts have steadily increased since the second quarter of 2020, with 50% more attacks per week on corporate networks in 2021 compared to 2020.
The education and research sector saw the highest volume of attacks in 2021, averaging 1,605 per organization each week, a 75% increase from 2020.
It was followed by the government / military with 1,136 attacks, up 47% year-over-year, and communications with 1,079, up 51%.
Africa saw the highest volume of weekly attacks in 2021, with an average of 1582 per organization, a 13% increase from 2020. However, European organizations saw the largest increase in attacks weekly, up 68% to 670, according to the report.
Ransomware was particularly prevalent in 2021. Check Point warned last October that attacks had increased 40% since 2020, with one in 61 organizations globally affected each week.
Check Point urged companies to segment their networks, patch up quickly, educate their employees, and implement advanced security controls like sandboxing and anomaly detection.
Hank Schless, Senior Director of Security Solutions at To look for, argued that the lingering impact of the pandemic may explain some of the 2021 findings.
“Attackers almost always attack the groups they perceive to be the most vulnerable in order to have the best chance of success. The idea of e-learning was in its infancy when the pandemic hit, so for entire school systems, universities, research centers and more, having to switch their continued collaboration and education. to a completely remote infrastructure overnight was more than difficult, ”he added.
“Previously there might have been some basic cloud-based applications or infrastructure that allowed teachers and staff to collaborate or students to render work, but the capacity and security weren’t ready to go. Take care of the complexity of distance learning at the drop of a hat.
Jasmine Henry, Director of Field Security at JupiterOne, warned that the discovery of more bugs like Log4Shell could make 2022 another banner year for attackers.