Ransomware attacks rise 13% in past year, India Inc at great risk

There has been an alarming rise in ransomware breaches globally, including India, which increased by 13 per cent in the past one year, representing a jump greater than the past 5 years combined, a new report said on Tuesday.

Heightened geopolitical tensions are driving increased sophistication, visibility, and awareness around nation-state affiliated cyber-attacks, according to the “Verizon Business 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report (2022 DBIR)”.

“The continued explosion of connected devices and widespread digitisation in multiple sectors has increased the likelihood of cyberattacks, especially ransomware,” said Anshuman Sharma, Head Investigative Response, APJ at Verizon.

While the pandemic led to a rise in ransomware attacks, the inaction, or the delay in the implementation of technical and infrastructure changes in the new normal has made organisations more vulnerable.

“The emergence of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) and the adoption of cryptocurrency could be a contributing factor as well,” Sharma added.

The report analysed 23,896 security incidents, of which 5,212 were confirmed breaches.

“Roughly 4 in 5 breaches can be attributed to organised crime, with external actors approximately 4 times more likely to cause breaches in an organization than internal actors,” the findings showed.

Human element was involved in 82 per cent of all breaches analysed over the past year.

About 25 per cent of total breaches in the report were the result of social engineering attacks.

As India Inc across industries adopt a hybrid work model, new security challenges and complexities continue to emerge.

“India can be transformed into a digitally-empowered society and address the emerging challenges within the technology space if organisations invest more in security along with the government’s robust cybersecurity strategy and approach,” Sharma said.

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