Cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated, targeted, widespread and undetected says ENISA

Published: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 08:40

ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has published the 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) report, identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020.

This year’s publication is divided into 22 different reports, available in pdf form and ebook form. The combined report lists the major change from the 2018 threat landscape as the COVID-19-led transformation of the digital environment. During the pandemic, cyber criminals have been seen advancing their capabilities, adapting quickly and targeting relevant victim groups more effectively.

The ETL report warns that there is a long road ahead to reach a more secure digital environment. This is mainly due to the weakening of existing cyber security measures through changes in working and infrastructure patterns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This global phenomenon has led to a surge in cyber criminals’ personalised cyber attacks, using more advanced methods and techniques.

ENISA’s list of the top 15 threats

The top 15 cyber threat reports are of a technical nature, and include findings, major incidents, statistics and more. The threat reports are the following:

1. Malware
2. Web-based Attacks
3. Phishing
4. Web Application Attacks
5. SPAM
6. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
7. Identity Theft
8. Data Breach
9. Insider Threat
10. Botnets
11. Physical Manipulation, Damage, Theft and Loss
12. Information Leakage
13. Ransomware
14. Cyber Espionage
15. Cryptojacking

The ETL report highlights important aspects and trends related to the threat landscape:

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