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Trellix Finds Escalation of Cyberattacks Targeting Critical Infrastructure as Geopolitical Tensions Rise

Christiaan Beek

Trellix, released its Threat Labs Report: April 2022, examining cybercriminal behavior over the last six months. Key findings from the report include individual consumers being the No. 1 target of cybercriminals, closely followed by the healthcare vertical. Additionally, the transportation, shipping, manufacturing and information technology industries showed a sharp increase in threats. 

Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Principal Engineer, Trellix Threat Labs, said, “We’re at a critical juncture in cybersecurity and observing increasingly hostile behavior across an ever-expanding attack surface,” “Our world has fundamentally changed. The fourth quarter signaled the shift out of a two-year pandemic which cybercriminals used for profit and saw the Log4Shell vulnerability impact hundreds of millions of devices, only to continue cyber momentum in the new year where we’ve seen an escalation of international cyber activity.” 

Threats to Critical Infrastructure 

Q4 2021 saw increased cyberactivity targeting sectors essential to the function of society: 

· Transportation and shipping were the target of 27% of all advanced persistent threat (APT) — activity by adversarial and stealthy actors — detections. 

· Healthcare was the second most targeted sector, bearing 12% of total detections. 

· From Q3 to Q4 2021 threats to manufacturing increased 100%, and threats to information technology increased 36%. 

· Of Trellix customers, the transportation sector was targeted in 62% of all observed detections in Q4 2021. 

Earlier this month, Trellix released a global Cyber Readiness Report investigating how critical infrastructure providers are preparing for cyberattacks. It found many critical infrastructure providers have not implemented cybersecurity best practices despite high-profile breaches.  

Britt Norwood, SVP Global Channels & Commercial, Trellix, said, “The threat landscape has never been more dynamic than this moment in time. From return to the workplace to rising attacks on critical infrastructure and service providers to new attack methods, the last six months has signaled significant intensification in cyber momentum. Working together with our partners, Trellix is committed to addressing the adversarial tactics and techniques organizations of all sizes are fronting. Our open, interoperable platform approach to cybersecurity allows us to implement the specific technologies needed to protect our customers’ unique operations. It’s security that learns and adapts in a way that’s proactive, with automation doing what’s necessary across native and open connections.”


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