The first half of 2021 saw the continued rise of cybercrime as employees remained working from home. Now that offices are open, businesses are making important decisions about how to move forward, whether that be via hybrid working, remote working or back to the office.
The SonicWall Cyber Threat Mid-Year Report 2021 documents the trends in cybercrime during the first half of 2021. The findings support businesses with insights to create appropriate strategies for cybersecurity and protecting employees from cybercriminals.
2021 – A Continuation From 2020
In 2020, we saw shifts in the cyber threat landscape like no other, with record rises in ransomware, IoT attacks and “never before seen” malware. In 2021, the threats continue to grow exponentially, with cybercriminals taking advantage of employees working from home, weaknesses in wider networks and reliance on unprotected IoT devices.
Our partner SonicWall has been busy gathering, analysing and vetting threat information to compile into this mid-year update to provide businesses with the insights to make important decisions about how they move forward, now that offices are open.
Cyber Threat Report Mid-Year Update 2021 – Key Findings
Ransomware Continues Its Record-Shattering Run
Already at an all-time high in 2020, ransomware continued to climb during the first half of 2021, hitting records in April, May and June.
Ransomware attacks increased a tremendous 151% over the first half of last year. By June 30th, the total number of ransomware attacks SonicWall recorded globally reached 304.7 million, surpassing the 304.6 million recorded for the entire year of 2020.
Malware Falls By Nearly A Quarter
In 2020, malware fell to a six-year low. In 2021, it’s fallen even farther, dropping an additional 22% YOY.
SonicWall recorded 2.5 billion malware attacks during the first six months of 2021, down from 3.2 billion over the same time period in 2020.
RTDMI Reaches New Heights
SonicWall’s Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) technology discovered 185,945 ‘never-before-seen” malware variants, up 54% from the first half of 2020.
The impressive technology from SonicWall continues to identify and stop new and advanced threats, catching more malware faster than other behaviour-based sandboxing methods.
Cryptojacking Increases By 23%
Cryptojacking made an unexpected comeback in 2020 and continued to grow through the first half of 2021.
SonicWall recorded 51.1 million cryptojacking attempts between January to June, representing a 23% increase over the same six-month period last year.
IoT Malware Up 59%
The ubiquity of IoT devices, in particular, those with simple security standards are easy targets for cybercriminals.
In the first half of 2021, SonicWall recorded 32.1 million IoT malware attempts, an increase of 59% over the first six months of 2020.
Read All The Facts
For all the information, download the full report here.
About Datasharp Integrated Communications
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