According to a recent report released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the number of reported cyber attacks in 2022 increased by over 50% compared to the previous year. The most common type of attack was phishing scams, followed by ransomware attacks.
One of the biggest drivers of this increase was the shift to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people started working from home, there was a corresponding increase in the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other remote access tools. However, these tools also introduced new vulnerabilities that attackers were able to exploit.
The healthcare sector was particularly hard hit by cyber attacks in 2022, with over a third of all attacks targeting hospitals and other healthcare organizations. The finance and education sectors were also heavily targeted.
The report also highlighted the importance of having strong passwords and regularly updating them as a way to prevent cyber attacks. It also emphasized the need for companies to invest in cybersecurity training for their employees and to regularly review and update their security protocols.
Overall, the increase in cyber attacks in 2022 highlights the importance of staying vigilant and taking steps to protect against these types of threats. By implementing strong security measures and educating employees about how to recognize and prevent cyber attacks, organizations can better protect themselves and their customers from the damaging effects of these attacks.