Ransomware dominated cybersecurity news in 2021, as large-scale attacks plagued organizations both private and public. Perhaps the most widely publicized attack was on Colonial Pipeline, disrupting gas supplies from Texas to New Jersey and forcing the pipeline provider to pay a ransom of 75 bitcoin, which translated into about $4.4 million.
The good news is that while global cyberattacks rose in 2022, ransomware attacks were down about 8 % in the third quarter, compared with the same period in 2021, according to Check Point’s Cyber Attack Trends: 2022 Mid-Year Report. Sonicwall’s mid-year cyber threat report also reported that ransomware attacks were down 23% from January to June, though up significantly in Europe.
Ransomware is one of the topics covered in the Securonix 2022 Threat Report, which analyzes trends in cybersecurity threats and the SIEM-related tactics and techniques customer organizations use to protect their data. The report also adds valuable insight and advice, and real stories of techniques from the trenches that would be useful for any SIEM-enabled organization. This is our third blog installment on the report’s findings, in which we cover ransomware. The first two covered insider threats and cloud infrastructure.