Annual Threat Monitor Report 2021 

The highlights, trends, and learnings from 2021’s threat landscape: NCC Group’s Annual Threat Monitor Report

Looking back is key to understanding, learning, and evolving. Take a look in the rearview mirror and get the insights from 2021’s threat landscape.

The most important takeaways:

Overview of the most critical events of the year

Who the most prevalent ransomware operators were

Statistics on ransomware and the most targeted sectors and industries

How law enforcement interventions impacted 2021’s threat landscape

NCC Group’s Strategic Threat Intelligence Team’s projections for 2022

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"Many of the dangers which we first identified at the start of the pandemic have snowballed in 2021, revealing a developing threat landscape with ransomware attacks on the rise. However, despite many clear developing trends, the re-emergence of Lockbit as a prevalent actor highlights that the vulnerability landscape is still ever-changing."

"We need to remain vigilant for new and changing threats in 2022. It is now more important than ever for organizations to ensure that they are protected from the types of attack we have reported in 2021, especially in consistently targeted sectors such as industrials and consumer cyclicals." 

– Matt Hull, Global Lead for Strategic Threat Intelligence at NCC Group  

Where does our Threat Intel come from?

NCC Group’s Strategic Threat Intelligence Practice has been

working tirelessly to develop various software solutions for a broader,

more insightful look at current threat landscapes and the way they impact

businesses around the world.

Our technical team has developed a web scraper, which we use to gather

data on ransomware data leaks on the dark web in real time to give us

regular insights into who are the most recent ransomware victims.

By recording this data and classifying the victims by sector, we are able to derive

additional insights highlighting the sectors that have been targeted, and how current

ransomware threats compare to previous months.


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