SMEs in Saudi Arabia facing 46% increase in cyber attacks

Kaspersky researchers assessed the dynamics of cyber attacks on SMEs between January and April 2022 and the same period in 2021 to identify which threats pose an increasing danger to entrepreneurs. The number of  attacks also increased in the first trimester of 2022 by 46% to almost 656,045 in the first four months of 2022, in comparison to 449,082 infections during same in 2021.

This year a popular attack tool used on small businesses is Internet attacks, specifically, web pages with redirects to exploits, sites containing exploits and other malicious programs, botnet C&C centers, etc.

Also notable is that the number of Trojan-PSW (Password Stealing Ware) detections increased by almost half (44%) compared to the same period in 2021 一 35,005 compared to 50,348. Trojan-PSW is a malware that steals passwords, along with other account information, which then allows attackers to gain access to the corporate network and steal sensitive information.

Small businesses with limited IT resources still need to protect all their working devices, including computers and mobile phones, from cyberthreats. The updated Kaspersky Small Office Security is a key tool for startups, small online-stores and local businesses to keep all of their work devices protected, safely transfer any valuable business-related files and avoid falling victim to ransomware.

“With the shift to remote working and the introduction of numerous advanced technologies in the daily operations of even small companies, security measures need to evolve to support these sophisticated setups. Cybercriminals are already way ahead of the curve, so much so that virtually every organization will experience a breach attempt at some point. For small companies today, it’s not a matter of whether a cybersecurity incident will happen but when. Having trained staff and an educated IT-specialist is no longer a luxury but a must-have part of your business development,” comments Denis Parinov, security researcher at Kaspersky.