According to data gathered by Beaming, a UK internet service provider, businesses in the UK received cyber-attacks every 45 seconds on average in the third quarter of 2020. The Hastings-based company claimed that businesses in the UK suffered an average of 176.206 government cases per year. from July to September 2020. In other words, they received 80 cyberattacks per hour. The most common targets of cybercriminals in cyberattacks were IoT devices such as network printers, security cameras, file sharing applications and business databases.
Nearly 350.000 unique IP addresses were used in cyber-attacks targeting the United Kingdom, with the largest number (49.303) located in China. The corresponding number of IP addresses detected in China last quarter was 36.842. Therefore there was an increase of 34%. There was also a sharp increase in malicious IP addresses from India (159% increase to 24.149) and Egypt (192% increase to 20.619). However, these most likely represent the position botnet-based computers and not those that controlled them.
Despite indications of an increase in cyber-attacks in the UK from China, India and Egypt, the volume of cyber-attacks experienced by the country's businesses fell by 2% in the third quarter of 2020.
Beaming CEO Sonia Blizzard said levels of malicious activity during the summer were "extremely high". He added that at this time when millions of workers are working from home due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the risk of taking place violations, for which either human error or technological damage may be responsible, is now higher than ever.
Blizzard also noted that small and medium-sized enterprises in both the UK and other countries can strengthen their resilience to cyber-attacks by investing in employee training and following in the footsteps of their larger counterparts in adopting more sophisticated cyber-security technologies such as two-factor authentication. (2FA), network perimeter firewalls and private specials networks.
In July, Beaming said the number of cybercrime businesses in the UK had doubled in the past five years, to about a quarter in 2019. In addition, the internet service provider estimates the cost to its economy. UK during this period amounts to approximately 87 XNUMX billion.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect the efforts of various sectors to ensure and strengthen the cyber security, to prevent possible cyber-attacks, while providing attackers with the opportunity to target remote employees and inadequately or incorrectly protected endpoints while blocking security teams' responses.
Over 50% of business leaders in the UK were recently interviewed by Centrify, claimed that the remote work has made it more difficult to detect attempts to falsify employees of organizations through attacks BEC and Phishing emails.