Pandemic Blues: the Clock is Ticking and the Hackers are Calling.

2021 was witness to a number of major cyberattacks: SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, Quanta, Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, and Log4j. These attacks proved that food companies, utilities, supply chains and software providers could all be compromised. Cybercrime is up 600% since the pandemic began:

1. A hacker attacks every 39 seconds.

2. Seventy-three percent of malicious hackers say older firewalls and anti-malware software are irrelevant or obsolete.

3. Thirty-two percent of malicious hackers say privileged accounts are how they hack into systems.

4. Sixty-eight percent of malicious hackers say multi factor authentication and encryption are the biggest obstacles.

5. The global average cost of a data breach was about $4.24 million in 2021. The highest cost was on the healthcare industry.

6. Hackers steal 75 data records every second (on average).

7. The global annual cost of data breaches is forecast to be $2.1 trillion.

8. You can buy American citizenship for $6000 and consumer accounts, like Netflix membership, for $1 on the dark web.

9. Hackers create 300,000 new malware each day and greater than 6,000 criminal marketplaces sell malware, such as ransomware.

10. Seventy-five percent of all attacked businesses report fraudulent emails. Ninety-one percent of cyberattacks start with phishing emails.

(, Wikipedia)

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