2021 Cyber Threat Analysis
- The rate of commercial cyberattacks fell by three percent last year but remains historically high
- Connected UK companies experience a new cyberattack every 47 seconds during 2021
- Analysis indicates cybercriminals see remote working as an opportunity to hack data and IT systems
UK businesses were subjected to 667,597 different cyberattacks during 2021, experiencing a new attempt to breach their systems online every 47 seconds, according to new data published by Beaming, a specialist business ISP.
Although the total volume of attacks was three percent lower than in 2020, the rate of attacks on UK businesses online remains historically high. Cyberattacks increased by 11 percent when the UK moved to lockdown and widespread home working in 2020 and have remained in excess of 1,750 attacks per day since then.
Beaming’s analysis of commercial internet traffic shows that UK businesses received 165,933 attempts to breach their systems online in the final three months of 2021, the equivalent of 1,804 a day. The rate of attack climbed steadily between September and December 2021.
Beaming identified attacks on businesses from 257,435 IP addresses during the fourth quarter of 2021. It traced almost half (49 percent) to locations in China. The USA (25 percent), India (13 percent), Brazil (10 percent) and Russia (10 percent) also played host to significant proportions of attacking IP addresses.
Remotely controlled devices continued to be the most frequently targeted application by hackers, attracting nine percent of all attack activity. These includes network device administration which is often unsecured by default and a common route into target organisations.
Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, said: “Cyberattacks fell very slightly in 2021, but remain at historically high levels. UK businesses with internet connections encountered new cyberattacks every 47 seconds last year. There is no room for complacency.”
“Attack patterns over the last two years suggest cybercriminals see remote working as a significant opportunity to access company data and IT systems via employees’ unmanaged domestic internet connections. Attacks increase when people are asked to work from home.
“ISPs like Beaming can help businesses reduce the enhanced risk of exposure associated with home and hybrid working. Organisations also need to ensure they are building resilience through training, technology and documented cybersecurity policies.”
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Q3 2021 Cyber Threat Report
Cyberattacks on UK businesses are back on the rise. An attack every 47 seconds was recorded in Q3 of 2021.
Cyber attacks in Q2 2021
The number of cyberattacks on UK companies fell for the first time in almost three years during the second quarter of 2021, but the threat level remains high and caution is still urged.
Q1 2021 Cyber Threat Report
Commercial cyberattacks are up 11 per cent year-on-year, with businesses hit every 45 seconds.
2020 Cyber Threat Analysis
2020 was the busiest year on record for cyber attacks on UK companies. The volume of attacks surged as the UK went into lockdown for the first time and remained exceptionally high.
Q3 2020 Cyber Threat Report
IoT devices such as networked printers and security cameras, file-sharing applications and company databases were the most frequent targets in our Q3 2020 Cyber Threat Report