2023 Mid-Year Cyber Security Report
The first half of 2023 has witnessed a technological revolution, shaping our world in unprecedented ways. 5G networks have paved the way for unparalleled connectivity, fostering the growth of smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, influencing everything from virtual assistants to personalised healthcare. Quantum computing has made strides in tackling once-insurmountable problems, while augmented and virtual reality have become mainstream, transforming entertainment, education, and industry.
However, amidst these advancements, a shadow of concern looms over data privacy, cybersecurity, and ethical implications. The first half of the year has seen an 8% surge in global weekly cyberattacks, reaching the highest volume in two years. Ransomware and hacktivism have evolved, with criminal gangs adapting their methods to infiltrate organisations worldwide. Even seemingly outdated technologies like USB storage devices have found new life as carriers of malware.
As Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) grapple with these challenges, there are moments of triumph. The takedown of the Hive ransomware group, preventing potential ransom payments of $130 million, stands out as a significant victory. Governments worldwide are responding with more stringent regulations and penalties to fortify organisational defenses.
In this comprehensive mid-year report by Check Point Software, the threat landscape of the first six months of 2023 is dissected. Real-world events, attack statistics, and more are analysed to provide insights into the major threats of today and strategies to prevent disruption and damage. As technology evolves, so do the risks, and this report aims to raise awareness and empower organisations to stay vigilant against emerging threats.