In the third quarter of this year, the average number of cyber attacks per Belgian organization increased by 28% compared to the same quarter of the previous year, resulting in an average of 801 attacks per organization. 76% of these attacks come via email and then exploit a vulnerability like Log4j. This is demonstrated by research by Check Point Research.
Belgium is the strongest rising country in the Benelux with 28%, followed by the Netherlands with a 15% increase and a 14% decrease in Luxembourg. In both Belgium and the Netherlands, internet and managed service providers, as well as resellers and system builders, are in the top three of the most affected sectors.
Overall, the healthcare sector was the hardest hit in Belgium in 2021 and also ranked third in the top three in the last quarter. Again on a global scale, health is the third most affected sector, and the number of attacks has increased the most in this sector (+60%).
Ransomware seems to be one of the most popular attack methods. Globally, 1 in 42 healthcare organizations will be affected, up 5% from the third quarter of 2021, followed by internet and managed service providers (1 in 43, 25% decrease) and finance and banking (1 in 49, 17% increase). will follow. This is followed by retail/wholesale with the highest increase of 39%.
Security engineer and Check Point Evangelist Zahier Madhar warns hospitals about the rise in ransomware during the holiday season, as many staff are currently taking leave:
“Ransomware gangs continue to focus their efforts on hospitals, largely due to intense pressure from these organizations to respond quickly. Even if an attack does not shut down a hospital, some or all digital systems can be taken offline, forcing doctors to access digital information such as patient records and care recommendations. Hospital organizations should keep their programs up-to-date, download items only from known sources, and continually back up their data.
Finally, Check Point gives some tips to avoid cyber attacks:
- Avoid clicking on suspicious and/or malicious links
- Never open unexpected messages or attachments that you do not trust
- Do not give personal or sensitive information to phishers
- Check if the software is legit before downloading
- Never connect an unknown USB stick or other storage to a computer
- Use a VPN when connecting to public or untrusted Wi-Fi
Source: Hardware Info