New data on cyberattack trends from Check Point Research (CPR) indicates that ransomware attacks now affect one out of 40 organisations a week. The top three most targeted industries for ransomware are government/military, education/research and healthcare.

Higher geopolitical tensions, an increase in remote work and learning, and willingness of organisations to pay have led to a 59% YoY increase in ransomware attacks. CPR also shares general cyberattack trends, including overall cyberattacks by industry and region. The second quarter of 2022 saw an all-time peak, where global cyberattacks increased by 32%, compared to Q2 2021, where the average weekly attacks per organisation reached a peak of 1,2K attacks.

• Retailers and the wholesale sector saw the largest spike in ransomware attacks, with an alarming increase of 182%
• Government/military sector, reporting a staggering increase of 135%, reaching a ratio of 1 out of 24 organisations impacted by ransomware on a weekly basis
• Education/Research sector has become the most attacked industry worldwide, absorbing an average of more than 2,3K attacks per organisation every week, which marks a 53% increase compared to Q2 2021

Check Point Research (CPR) is releasing new data on cyberattack trends. In a new report, CPR shares that the global weekly average of impacted organisations by ransomware now reaches 1 out of 40 – a 59% increase YoY (1 out of 64 organisations in Q2 2021).

Ransomware by Region

The regions that see the most cyber attacks are:
• Africa: the weekly average of impacted organisations is 1 out of 21 – a 21% increase YoY (1 out of 25 organisations in Q2 2021)
• Europe: the weekly average of impacted organisations is 1 out of 66 – a 1% decrease YoY (1 out of 65 organisations in Q2 2021)
• North America: the weekly average of impacted organisations is 1 out of 108 – a minor increase of 1% YoY (1 out of 109 organisations in Q2 2021)
• ANZ: the weekly average of impacted organisations is 1 out of 113 – an 18% increase YoY (1 out of 133 organisations in Q2 2021)

Latin America has seen the largest increase in attacks, spotting 1 out of 23 organisations impacted weekly, a 43% increase YoY, compared to 1 out of 33 in Q2 2021, followed by Asia region that has seen a 33% increase YoY, reaching 1 out of 17 organizations impacted weekly.
Ransomware by Industry

Retailers and the wholesale sector saw the largest spike in ransomware attacks, with an alarming increase of 182%, compared to the same period last year, followed by the Distributors sector that saw a 143% increase and then, the government/military sector, reporting a staggering increase of 135%, reaching a ratio of 1 out of 24 organizations impacted by ransomware on weekly basis.

Cyber Attacks by Region
Africa was the most attacked region in Q2 2022, peaking at 1.76k weekly attacks on average, per organization, a nominal increase of 3%, compared to the same period last year against the continent. Following Africa, Asia and Latin America experienced astounding numbers of 1.68K and 1.60K on average accordingly, marking a 25% and a 29% increase respectively, year-over-year.

“Ransomware attacks are showing no signs of slowing down.” Says Omer Dembinsky, data group manager at Check Point Software. “Right now, we can say that 1 out of every 40 organizations we track is impacted by ransomware each week, which makes for a 59% YoY increase. Hackers are leveraging the increase in attack surface from remote work and learning, and the war between Ukraine and Russia also helps drive the proliferating trend, as geopolitical tensions rising inspires hackers to take sides. Lastly, the willingness of organizations to meet ransomware demands in order to protect patients has proved the business of ransomware to be highly lucrative. Hence, we see that hackers are continuing to invest resources in going after healthcare organizations. We strongly recommend 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.”