Organizations face cybercrime in 2021

Recently it was published a report, by the American computer security company Check Point Software on the generalization of security incidents around the world and the means to be developed to ensure effective protection.

In particular, the report highlights the different techniques used by cybercriminals in computer hacking and the most common vectors. The actors observed are of different orders: whether isolated hackers, cybercriminals under the nation-state dome or hard-formed criminal organizations, all have been scrutinized by Check Point Software researchers.

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The aim of the report is to provide as much information as possible for IT security professionals as well as for private and public companies and organizations.

Important information from this report could be used to include a number of elements from the cloud to telework.

"Cloud adoption is one step ahead of security: By 2020, business digital transformation programs have been accelerated by about five years to respond to the pandemic, but public cloud security remains a major concern for 75% of businesses. In addition, more than 80% of companies found that their existing security tools were not working at all or had limited cloud functions, proving that cloud security issues will persist into 2021. The report notes.

On the telework side, the report states that cybercriminals have stepped up their action around the hijacking of discussion, which is particularly aimed at remote employees. The aim of course is to steal as much information as possible where private discussions are filtered through Trojans (Qbot and Emotet)

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"Double extortion ransomware attacks are on the rise: in the third quarter of 2020, nearly half of all ransomware incidents involved the threat of disclosing stolen data from the target organization. On average, a new organization is the victim of ransom software every 10 seconds in the world. the report states.

At the health sector level, attacks take the form of a kind of epidemic. According to the computer security company, computer attacks against health organizations, especially hospitals, have increased by more than 45%. And this all over the world. Hackers surely wanted to take advantage of the situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the checkpoint report shows that in more than 45% of companies worldwide, one in two employees unwittingly downloaded a malicious program hidden behind a legitimate mobile application. With the increase in mobile devices due to containment, which has led to a generalization of remote work, attack vectors have exploded.

"Companies around the world have surprised themselves with the speed of their digital initiatives in 2020: it is estimated that digital transformation has accelerated seven years. But threat actors and cybercriminals have also changed tactics to take advantage of these changes and the disruption caused by the pandemic, with an upsurge in attacks in all sectors," said Dorit Dor, Vice President of Products at Check Point Software. "We must act now to prevent this cyber pandemic from spreading unchecked. Organizations need to vaccinate their hyper-connected networks to avoid these harmful cyber-attacks that cause so much disruption. ». The latter concludes.

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