Positive Technologies Records 91% Spike in Attacks on The Industrial Sector Between 2019 and 2020

Cybersecurity specialist, Positive Technologies reports that extensive analysis of cyberthreats in 2020 reveals a 91% jump in attacks on industrial companies and a 54% rise in malware-related attacks compared to 2019. Medical institutions ranked first in ransomware attacks.

The report, Cybersecurity Threatscape 2020 looks to shed light on the most important and emerging IT security threats. Information is drawn from Positive Technologies’ own expertise, outcomes of numerous investigations, and data from authoritative sources. It looks at key motives and methods of cyberattacks, and highlights the main trends in the changing cyberthreat landscape.

The total number of incidents grew by 51% compared to 2019. Seven out of 10 attacks were targeted. The most popular targets were government institutions (19%), industrial companies (12%) and medical institutions (9%).

In most cases, industrial companies were attacked by ransomware variants such as RansomExx, Netwalker, Clop, Maze, Ragnar Locker, LockBit, DoppelPaymer, and Snake (which deletes shadow copies before starting the encryption process, and has the ability to stop ICS-related processes). However, industrial companies were also attacked by many APT groups. CIS countries still suffer from the RTM group; in 2020, the PT Expert Security Center detected over 100 phishing emails sent by this group.

Dmitry Darensky, Head of Industrial Cybersecurity Practice at Positive Technologies, said: “The actuation of risks in the industrial sector can have