The accelerated shift to remote working paired with high-profile cyberattacks brought cybersecurity top of mind among key decision-makers in organizations and nations. Threats become more complex, so organizations worldwide have to strengthen their posture and adjust their approach to stay ahead of cybercriminals. Microsoft annually presents its Digital Defence Report, illuminating the thread landscape and empowering digital defence.
Microsoft Digital Defence Report showed that the number of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure had grown significantly and now accounts for 40% of all government attacks (20% in 2021). The number of estimated password attacks per second increased by 74% – we are recording 921 password attacks per second.
Cybercriminals are increasingly operating as sophisticated profit enterprises – more and more tools are available. Hence, cybercrime requires less and less knowledge, and tactics and methods are constantly changing, making the job of security experts more difficult. There are many “cyber influence” operations in which actors use highly effective techniques to enable propaganda influence to undermine trust and power public opinion at home and abroad – and an increasing overlap between such operations and cyber attacks has been observed.
By 2025, the world will lack 3,5 million experts for cybersecurity. All this information is alarming since the world has been living in a new era of hybrid warfare since February. On this topic spoke Tomislav Vračić, National Tech Officer at Microsoft, and Bruno Pavić, Chief Security Officer at Span.