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The financial world in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) is the most attacked sector. This is shown by this year’s Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) of security company NTT Security. The industry accounts for 30% of all attacks. Worldwide, it’s 17 percent.

The financial services sector has thus taken over the first place of the business services sector, which last year was at the top of the list with 20 percent of all attacks. Business services are now in second place, with 24 percent of all attacks. The top four are rounded off by the technology sector (17 percent) and production (9 percent).

Most attacks within these sectors are on web applications. According to the report, web applications account for 43% of malicious activity against the sectors. Globally, this is an average of 32 percent.

The number of web traps in the financial sector in the EMEA region almost doubled from 22% to 43% last year. According to NTT Security, the sector is therefore still vulnerable to cyber attacks. In the manufacturing sector, too, there was a large increase in the number of road-traps, from 9% to 42%. The total number of attacks in the region was just decreasing.

Countries of origin

The GTIR further describes where most attacks come from. The number of attacks from China against all targets in the EMEA region fell from nearly 40 percent to 13 percent. 16 percent of the attacks came from the United States. The differences in figures do not mean that the actual attacker has changed, but they do mean that the source of the attacks has changed.

The five most attacked sectors in the EMEA region were reported to have more attacks from the region itself (75 per cent) than from any other area. According to NTT Security, this confirms that attackers tend to use sources of attack close to their targets.

NTT Security’s locations are based on data from billions of blogs and billions of attacks. Trends in threats described in GTIR have been analysed on the basis of logs, events, attacks, incidents and vulnerabilities. This data comes from companies that operate under NTT Group.

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