By Evan Stewart
Contributor, In Military
Cyberattacks have been on the rise at an alarming rate. New reports show that last year, cyberattacks on the government sector doubled in occurrence, jumping from 7% in 2015 to 14% in 2016. The finance sector saw an even bigger increase going from 3% in 2015 to 14% in 2016. The manufacturing and retail sector followed close behind at 13% and 11% respectively in 2016.
This report, Dimension Data’s Executive Guide to the NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report, highlighted several geopolitical events that could possibly have led the increase in attacks on the government sector. These factors include the U.S. presidential election, the administration’s more aggressive stance with China and North Korea, China’s aggressive stance to secure its ‘core interests,’ U.S. and European Union-led economic sanctions against Russia, Russian cyber operations against Western targets, and increasing negative opinions in the Middle East of the West’s involvement in aggressions toward Syria.
Dimension Data Group’s Executive Security official, Matthew Gyde, stated it was not surprising that governments were the target of rival nations and terrorist cyber criminals. However, what did surprise him were the many instances of insider threats that occurred. Research showed that 63% of the attacks originated from U.S. IP addresses.
Many new programs, operations and special teams have been utilized by the government to help monitor and defend against cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has become a top priority in many areas worldwide as threats continue to be on the rise.