Europe in the crosshairs of cyber attacks


Check Point Research has released global statistics of observed increases in cyberattacks in 2021 by region, country, and industry. Ultimate year, the same study found a 50% increase in threats per week on corporate networks compared to 2020.

This trend reached an all-time high at the end of the year, reaching 925 threats per week per organization, globally. In Spain, there was an average of 1,040 cyberattacks per week per organization, an increase of 79%.

“Cybercriminals continue to innovate. Ultimate year, we saw an amazing 50% more attacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020, which is a meaningful increase”, warns Eusebio Nieva, technical director of Check Point Software for Spain and Portugal.

Increase in cyber attacks

Attackers mostly targeted Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, but Europe saw the largest percentage increase in cyberattacks year over year. Education/research ranked first as the most attacked industrial sector worldwide.

Less than a month after the world witnessed one of the most serious vulnerabilities on the Internet, with millions of attacks per hour attempting to exploit the Log4J vulnerability, 2021 has been a record year for cybersecurity.

As early as October, Check Point Research (CPR) was reporting a 40% increase in attacks globally, with 1 in 61 organizations worldwide affected by ransomware each week.

In 2021, education/research was the sector that experienced the highest volume of attacks, with an average of 1,605 attacks per association each week. This represented a growth of 75% compared to 2020. It was followed by the government/military sector, which had 1,136 assaults per week (47% increase), and the communications industry, which had 1,079 per association (51% increase). .

Europe in the crosshairs of cyber attacks

Africa experienced the highest volume of attacks in 2021, averaging 1,582 per week per organization. This represents a 13% increase from 2020.

They are followed by APAC, with an average of 1,353 weekly attacks per company (25% increase); Latin America, with 1,118 on average (38% increase); Europe, with 670 per week (68% increase); and North America, with an average of 503 attacks per week per company (61% increase).

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