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Cybersecurity in 2022 – A Fresh Look at Some Very Alarming Stats


Last year I wrote two FORBES articles* that highlighted some of the more significant cyber statistics associated with our expanding digital ecosystem. In retrospect, 2021 was a very trying year for cybersecurity in so many areas. There were high profile breaches such as Solar Winds, Colonial Pipeline and dozens of others that had major economic and security related impact. Ransomware came on with a vengeance targeting many small and medium businesses.


Perhaps most worrisome was how critical infrastructure and supply chains security weaknesses were targeted and exploited by adversaries at higher rates than in the past. Since it is only January, we are just starting to learn of some of the statistics that certainly will trend in 2022. By reviewing the topics below, we can learn what we need to fortify and bolster in terms of cybersecurity throughout the coming year.


The past two years has seen a rapid shift of work to remote and hybrid offices. The statistics show that hackers welcomed that shift and took advantage of the vulnerabilities and gaps in security by businesses.


Cyber risks top worldwide business concerns in 2022 Cyber risks top worldwide business concerns in 2022 - Help Net Security


“Cyber perils are the biggest concern for companies globally in 2022, according to the Allianz Risk Barometer. The threat of ransomware attacks, data breaches or major IT outages worries companies even more than business and supply chain disruption, natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic, all of which have heavily affected firms in the past year.


Cyber incidents tops the Allianz Risk Barometer for only the second time in the survey’s history (44% of responses), Business interruption drops to a close second (42%) and Natural catastrophes ranks third (25%), up from sixth in 2021. Climate change climbs to its highest-ever ranking of sixth (17%, up from ninth), while Pandemic outbreak drops to fourth (22%).y affected firms in the past year. “


Cybercriminals can penetrate 93 percent of company networks Cybercriminals can penetrate 93 percent of company networks (betanews.com)


“among the findings of a new study of pentesting projects from Positive Technologies, conducted among financial organizations, fuel and energy organizations, government bodies, industrial businesses, IT companies and other sectors. In 93 percent of cases, an external attacker can breach an organization's network perimeter and gain access to local network resources.”


Businesses Suffered 50% More Cyberattack Attempts per Week in 2021 Businesses Suffered 50% More Cyberattack Attempts per Week in 2021 (darkreading.com)


The rise — partly due to Log4j — helped boost cyberattack attempts to an all-time high in Q4 2021, new data shows. The education/research sector sustained the most attacks in 2021, followed by government/military and communications. Source: Check Point Software


Cyber attacks on all businesses, but particularly small to medium sized businesses, are becoming more frequent, targeted, and complex. According to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study, 43% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.

Not only does a cyber attack disrupt normal operations, but it may cause damage to important IT assets and infrastructure that can be impossible to recover from without the budget or resources to do so.

Small businesses struggling to defend themselves because of this. According to Ponemon Institute’s State of Cybersecurity Report, small to medium sized business around the globe report recent experiences with cyber attacks:



  • Insufficient security measures: 45% say that their processes are ineffective at mitigating attacks.

  • Frequency of attacks: 66% have experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months.

  • Background of attacks: 69% say that cyber attacks are becoming more targeted.


The most common types of attacks on small businesses include:


  • Phishing/Social Engineering: 57%

  • Compromised/Stolen Devices: 33%

  • Credential Theft: 30%


10 Small Business Cyber Security Statistics That You Should Know – And How To Improve Them 10 Small Business Cyber Security Statistics That You Should Know – And How To Improve Them - Cybersecurity Magazine (cybersecurity-magazine.com)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckbrooks/2022/01/21/cybersecurity-in-2022--a-fresh-look-at-some-very-alarming-stats/?sh=33d3c3ae6b61

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