Weekly threat monitor: October 4th

Cyberattacks globally showed a slight dip in the last week.  This could be attributed to hackers redirecting their efforts towards improving the quality of malware

  • In terms of IoT cybersecurity, new and more potent malware continues to evolve in malware labs around the world
  • With the introduction of new devices, device-related vulnerabilities are not getting the amount of attention they should
  • In the last three quarters of this calendar year, we have seen unrelentless attacks on a growing number of sectors

Manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities are among the most affected sectors. Attacks on these sectors have been rising throughout the year. With industrial facilities returning to pre-pandemic production levels and new plants coming online, hackers have found it easier to go after these new facilities and old facilities with unpatched vulnerabilities.

OT cybersecurity continues to be a challenge for manufacturers and utility companies. Supply chain cybersecurity gaps as also reduced testing and vulnerability scanning are together hurting the cybersecurity posture of companies in these verticals.

Attacks on the oil and gas companies remained more or less steady.

Weekly advisory

Entities belonging to these segments should be on their guard in the coming week:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Government websites and agencies – especially lawmakers and government agencies connected with internal/homeland security
  • Manufacturing plants and maritime agencies
  • Defense establishments
  • Utility entities
  • Financial services

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