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Australia Wins Bronze Medal In Global Cyber-Attacks

Australia was the third most attacked country in cyber-crime for the first six months of 2021.

Data from Accenture Security Cyber Investigations, Forensics & Response (CIFR) team shows a 125 per cent increase in global attacks compare to the same period in 2020.

Australia was the target in 11 per cent of all attacks registered by the CIFR, trailing behind the US, with 36 per cent, and the UK, with 24.

Germany and Italy each had 7 per cent.

“Many organisations today are only securing their core corporate systems and not fully protecting their supply chain, subsidiaries and affiliates,” said Mark Sayer, Accenture’s AAPAC Cyber Defense Lead.

“That’s why it’s critical for companies to have a holistic plan to cover their entire ecosystems.”

The consumer goods and services sector accounted for 21 per cent of cyberattacks, followed by the industrial and manufacturing sector at 16 per cent, banking at just 10 per cent, and travel and hospitality sectors at 9 per cent.

“Industries that previously experienced lower levels of cyberattacks during the pandemic ― such as consumer goods and services, industrials, travel & hospitality, and retail ― should reevaluate their cybersecurity posture as increased consumer activity in these industries present renewed opportunities for cybercriminals,” Sayer warns.


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