The report warns that managed service providers (MSPs) are particularly at risk, with more of their own management tools, such as PSA or RMM, been used against them by cybercriminals, and thus are becoming increasingly vulnerable to supply chain attacks.
Supply-chain attacks on MSPs are particularly devastating since attackers gain access to both their business and clients, as seen in the SolarWinds breach last year and the Kaseya VSA attack earlier in 2021.
The report also shows that during the second half of 2021, only 20% of companies reported not having been attacked, as opposed to 32% last year.
Key trends of 2021 and predictions for 2022
Beyond the growing efficiency of cybercriminals and the impact on MSPs and small businesses, the Acronis Cyberthreats Report 2022 shows:
Growing need for cyber protection in MEA: two data centers opening
Overall, in terms of cybersecurity, this year was the worst on record; not just for many organizations, but for many countries as well, including the UAE, a country now pushing to fight the global “cyber pandemic.” And despite their best effort, as Acronis’ own recent survey shows, 25% of people in UAE still do not use any cyber protection tools.
Malware attacks remain a global phenomenon, and every country has to fight it. Reviewing the normalized malware detection in our research, we saw countries like Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Brazil with over a 50% detection rate. However, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region also ranks fairly high on the list, with the UAE at 38%, South Africa at 36%; and Saudi Arabia at 29%.
We see similar statistics for blocked ransomware attacks: the UAE ranked 33rd globally, responsible for 0.3% of all global detections — a 63% increase from Oct 2021 — while South Africa ranked 30th globally, responsible for 0.4% of all detections — a 64% increase from October 2021.
While ransomware attacks are clearly on the rise in MEA, the high malware detection rates could mean that countries are paying more attention to cyber protection by upgrading their detection capabilities.
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