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Cyber Security Awareness Month: 40% Increase in Weekly Cyber Attacks on Organizations Worldwide in 2021

As October Cyber Security Awareness month embarks, Check Point Research shares new data on current cyber security threats by volume, industry and region. Cyber attacks on organizations worldwide surged 40% in 2021, compared to last year. September 2021 breaks records for number of weekly cyber attacks, compared to all other months since January 2020.

  • 1 out of every 61 organizations worldwide is impacted by ransomware every week
  • Education/Research is the #1 most targeted industry globally, marking a 60% increase in cyber attacks from 2020
  • In India, 18% increase in weekly cyber attacks in 2021, compared to 2020 (1741 cyber attacks a week on average)

Check Point Research (CPR) shares new data on current cyber security threats around the world, as October Cyber Security Awareness month commences. Based* on organizations it tracks, CPR reports:

Global Statistics by Volume

  • 1 out of every 61 organizations worldwide every week is impacted by ransomware
  • 40% increase in average weekly cyber attacks on organizations in 2021 compared to 2020
  • September 2021 saw the most amount of cyber attacks per week ( avg. 870 attacks), compared to all other months since January 2020, more than double the number of attacks weekly when compared to the lowest point in March 2020

Global Statistics by Industry

Ranking of Industry Cyber Attacks:

1)      Education/Research, with an average of 1,468 attacks per organization each week, a 60% increase from 2020

2)      Government/Military, with an average of 1,082 attacks per organization each week, a 40% increase from 2020

3)      Healthcare, with an average of 752 cyber attacks per organization each week, a 55% increase from 2020

Ranking of Industry Ransomware Attacks:

1)      ISP/MSP sector, with an average weekly number of impacted organizations in this sector in 2021 is 1 out of 36, a 32% increase from 2020

2)      Healthcare, with 1 out of 44 organizations having been impacted, a 39% increase

3)      Software vendors, with 1 out of 52 organizations, a 21% increase

Cyber Attacks by Region

The most attacked regions, in order were:

  1. Africa: average of 1,615 weekly attacks per organization, a 15% increase from 2020
  2. APAC: average of 1,299 weekly attacks per organization, a 20% increase from 2020
  3. Latin America: average of 1,117 attacks weekly a 37% increase from 2020
  4. Europe: average of 665 attacks weekly, a 65% increase from 2020
  5. North America:  average of 497 attacks weekly, a 57% increase

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