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Holiday Hazards: Stay Vigilant with Cybersecurity

Cyberattackers are continuously adapting and finding new ways to implement the same techniques many organizations are using to defend against attackers. The Microsoft Digital Defense Report (MDDR) 2022 finds human-operated ransomware to be the most prevalent, with one-third of targets successfully compromised by criminals using these attacks and 5% of those ransomed. This report attributes the success of these attacks to the industrialization of the cybercrime economy.

As we close out the year, it’s important to stay alert with your cybersecurity practices and develop a security strategy for 2023 that will keep your organization protected 24x7x365. Gain control over your security operations into the new year and beyond with Forsyte I.T. Solutions.

When are cybercriminals likely to attack?

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends that organizations stay especially vigilant during this time of year, as cybercriminals “may view holidays and weekends – especially holiday weekends—as attractive timeframes in which to target potential victims, including small and large businesses.” However, the 2022 MDDR reports numbers indicating a shift toward year-round attacks. Looking at the chart below, you can see the spike in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks between August 2021 and September 2021, with August 10, 2021 holding the highest number of attacks. What does this mean for you? These numbers highlight the importance of ongoing protection beyond traditional peak traffic seasons – so time to step up your security 365 days a year!

Finish the year cyber strong

Cybercrime damage is projected to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. When you are targeted, will you survive an attack?

With an all-around increase in attack complexity, frequency, and volume, the end-of-year holiday season is no longer the primary time for cyberattacks. It’s imperative that IT leaders recognize the importance of 365 protection, detection, and response to stay one step ahead of these malicious attacks.

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