According to Check Point, ransomware strikes one out of 40 organizations per week. In its latest report, the organization states that ransomware incidents increased 59 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2022.
CPR attributes the rise to increased remote working, geopolitical tensions and organizations’ willingness to pay ransom. 2022’s second quarter saw an unusually high total number of cyberattacks, up 32 percent from the second quarter of 2021.
Impact of cyberattacks on distributors
According to the report, the research and education sector is the most attacked industry in the world, with 2,300 attacks occurring on average each week. The frequency increased by 53 percent compared to the same period last year.
Military and government were in second place with 1,620 attacks (up 44 percent), followed by MSPs and ISPs with 1,397 (up 29 percent). The data presents a troubling picture for the industry’s distributors, systems integrators, and VARs. Ransomware assaults in this sector increased by 143 percent compared to last year.
Omer Dembinsky, Data Group Manager at Check Point Software, stated that ransomware assaults “show no indications of slowing down”, adding that Check Point “strongly recommends organizations everywhere to take note of our ransomware prevention tips, such as backing up data, keeping systems up to date, and training employees on awareness”.
According to Check Point, hackers are taking advantage of the rise in attack surfaces caused by remote work and learning. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine contributed, as rising geopolitical tensions encourage hackers to support one side or the other.