by Christine Lagat
NAIROBI Deryk Engelland Jersey , Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- There has been a rapid surge in cyber-attacks this year as governments and corporations dither in allocating adequate resources towards deterrent measures, according to a report released on Monday.
The Cyber-attack Trends: Mid Year Report released in Nairobi revealed that the threat of cyber-crime has evolved rapidly, putting security of critical data owned by governments, businesses and individuals in peril.
It was compiled by the Israel-based Check Point Software Technologies Limited, the largest cyber security vendor in the world, to shed light on the evolving threat of cyber attacks that could undermine global peace, stability and economic growth.
"This year has proved to be a lucrative year for cybercrime. Prominent malware and attack methods continue to evolve, creatively bypassing existing security solutions," said the report.
The report reaffirms the fragile nature of online transactions and data storage thanks to sophisticated criminals whose ability to hack and penetrate digital platforms is profound.
"So far, in 2017 cyber-attacks are occurring at a higher frequency than previous years. Recent infiltrations have demonstrated the agility, scale and persistence of an attack that criminals are capable of executing," read the report.
"All regions have suffered from these large scale attacks, reinforcing the need for proactive solutions," it added.
The report said that massive cyber attack campaigns such as Wannacry, Notpetya and Fireball vividly illustrate the evolving nature of modern day threats to cyber-space.