By Lothar Geuenich, Regional Director Central Europe/DACH at Check Point Software Technologies
Lothar Geuenich, Regional Director Central Europe/DACH at Check Point
“Unfortunately, what happened to Vodafone is not exactly a surprise. In recent months, we have seen a frightening increase in the number of cyber attacks on companies around the world. In Germany, the number of annual attacks in 2021 increased by 62 percent compared to 2020. The communications sector has been spared a lot so far, but that does not mean that it will remain that way this year.
At this time, we have no concrete information about the cause of the attack and the consequences. From the information disclosed so far by Vodafone or the national authorities, it can be deduced that it was an attack aimed directly at the infrastructure of Vodafone and led to the denial of access to the systems and the disruption of the normal operation of the services. This interfered with the normal communication operations of the operator and had a great impact on Portuguese society and economy by affecting the way organizations of all types and sizes work. A denial-of-service attack (DoS) is obvious, which caused certain systems to fail due to targeted overloading with many requests.
This is another wake-up call for organizations in all sectors and countries. Cybercrime is currently on the rise and hackers’ methods are becoming more sophisticated. They are increasingly aimed at disrupting the everyday lives of individuals and companies. Unfortunately, this is a trend that we predicted and does not seem to be slowing down. We therefore recommend again and again to take IT security seriously and to develop and introduce a well-thought-out strategy as well as a comprehensive IT architecture.
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