Cyber security risks for small businesses
Key findings of the 2022 BlackBerry Annual Threat Report include:
Small businesses are an increasing focus of attack
Small businesses will continue to be an epicentre for cybercriminal focus as SMEs face upward of 11 cyber threats per device per day, which only stands to accelerate as cybercriminals increasingly adopt collaborative mindsets.
Public cloud platforms are unwittingly hosting malware
An increasing number of payloads are being housed in public cloud platforms. Most of these payloads are highly malleable, meaning they can be cheaply customised. This trend was especially prevalent in North America, where local hosting of vicious payloads including Cobalt Strike surged.
2021’s biggest attacks may have been outsourced
In multiple incidents, BlackBerry identified threat actors leaving behind playbook text files containing IP addresses and more, suggesting the authors of this year’s sophisticated ransomware are not the ones carrying out attacks. This highlights the growing shared economy within the cyber underground.