Critical manufacturing vulnerabilities spiked 148% in H1 2021

cybersecurityA new report from Nozomi Networks Labs finds cyber threats growing at an alarming rate in the first half of 2021

The attacks are largely driven by the emergence of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) gangs, cashing in on critical infrastructure organisations. Analysis of rising ICS vulnerabilities found critical manufacturing was the most susceptible industry, while a deep dive into IoT security cameras showed how quickly the attack surface is expanding.

“Colonial Pipeline, JBS and the latest Kaseya software supply chain attack are painful lessons that the threat of ransomware attacks is real,” said Moreno Carullo, co-founder and chief technical officer, Nozomi Networks. “Security professionals must be armed with network security and visibility solutions that incorporate real time threat intelligence and make it possible to quickly respond with actionable recommendations and plans. Understanding how these criminal organizations work and anticipating future attacks is critical as they defend against this unfortunate new normal.”

Nozomi Networks’ latest OT/IoT Security Report gives an overview of the OT and IoT threats analysed by the Nozomi Networks Labs security research team. The report found that the analysis of DarkSide, REvil and Ryuk highlight the growing dominance of RaaS models, ICS-CERT vulnerabilities has increased 44% in the first half of 2021 and vulnerabilities in the critical manufacturing sector rose 148%.

The major three industries affected includes critical manufacturing, a grouping identified as multiple industries, and the energy sector. With more than a billion CCTV cameras expected to be in production globally this year, insecure IoT security cameras are a growing concern. 

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