Individual consumers are the top target of cybercriminals, closely followed by the healthcare vertical.
Additionally, the transportation, shipping, manufacturing and information technology industries showed a sharp increase in threats.
“We are at a critical juncture in cybersecurity and observing increasingly hostile behaviour across an ever-expanding attack surface,” said Christiaan Beek, lead scientist and principal engineer, Trellix Threat Labs.
The fourth quarter signalled the shift out of a two-year pandemic which cybercriminals used for profit and “saw the Log4Shell vulnerability impact hundreds of millions of devices, only to continue cyber momentum in the new year where we’ve seen an escalation of international cyber activity,” he added.
Transportation and shipping were the target of 27 per cent of all advanced persistent threat (APT) — activity by adversarial and stealthy actors — detections.