In new data released by Check Point Research (CPR) on last year’s cyberattack trends, global cyberattacks increased by 38% per week on corporate networks in 2022, compared to 2021.
The global volume of cyberattacks also reached an all-time high in Q4 2022, with an average of 1168 weekly attacks per organization.
The number of cyber crimes grew in the year as more agile hackers and ransomware gangs focused on exploiting collaboration tools – including Slack, Teams, OneDrive and Google Drive – used in work-from-home environments following several institutions and industries shifting to remote work teams post-COVID-19.
These charts below show the growth of cyberattacks segmented by global volume, geography, and industry and is based on the cyberattack data released by Check Point Research (CPR) for 2022.
Cyberattacks grew worldwide, with 38% more cyberattacks per week on corporate networks in 2022, compared to 2021.
Africa experienced the highest volume of attacks with 1875 weekly attacks per organization, followed by APAC with 1691 weekly attacks per organization. North America (+52%), Latin America (+29%) and Europe (+26%) showed largest increases in cyberattacks in 2022, compared to 2021.
Education/Research, Government and Healthcare industries saw the highest weekly cyberattacks per organization. The unexpected shift to online learning by many educational institutions since the Covid-19 pandemic created ample opportunity for hackers to infiltrate networks.
Hackers also targeted the healthcare sector as they aim to retrieve patients' health insurance information, medical record numbers, and social security numbers using ransomware.