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Vulnerability and threat trends report 2021

Cybersecurity comes of age

Key findings of the research report include:
  • 18,341 new vulnerability flaws
  • 106% increase in new ransomware samples
  • 128% growth in new trojans
  • 30% increase in OT vulnerability flaws
  • 308% increase in IIoT vulnerabilites

The rapid change experienced in 2020 has illuminated a simple truth: What used to work for enterprise security is no longer good enough. Digital transformation has accelerated, organizations have rapidly migrated to the cloud and security has elevated to become a board-level concern. We have seen attack surfaces expand, threat actors grow in sophistication and new vulnerabilities continue to mount. But this change shouldn’t be seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, it’s been a long time coming.

The seventh edition of the Skybox “Security Vulnerability and Threat Trends” report highlights the need for security practices to mature. It reveals 2020 was another record-breaking year for new vulnerabilities and new malware samples have almost doubled.

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