CloudTweaks | Cyber Threats of 2023

Cybersecurity is a constantly evolving discipline where every step is critical and the risks are unprecedented. Companies have to adapt evolving threatsand this article provides an in-depth look at key problem areas and provides strategic insights specifically for businesses.

As an industry analyst with first-hand insight into Blackberry’s reports, I am pleased to present this article in collaboration with Blackberry. Over the years, I have witnessed the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks on a global scale and regularly provide insights and guidance through my writing, lectures and videos. Internet security Threats remain ever-present and intensifying; However, with the right insights, managers and key decision makers can effectively counteract and overcome these challenges

The BlackBerry Global Threat Intelligence Report has become an essential resource for cybersecurity professionals, including CISOs, security managers and decision makers. The report covers the period March to May 2023 and provides invaluable insight into the evolving cyber threat landscape. Highlights include:

Cybersecurity attacks stopped

Over 1.5 million cyberattacks were thwarted by BlackBerry cybersecurity solutions in 90 days. On average, 11.5 attacks were carried out per minute, representing a 13% increase in the number of novel attacks Malware Samples compared to the previous quarter.

Most targeted industries

Healthcare and financial services are the most vulnerable sectors. In the healthcare sector, cyber criminals are increasingly attacking patient data and vital medical services. Financial institutions are also at risk due to the increase in mobile banking malware and ransomware attacks.

Remote access and cyber risk

The report highlights that remote access significantly increases cybersecurity risks, particularly for financial institutions. The sector faces challenges such as commodity malware and ransomware attacks targeting digital and mobile banking services.

Country-specific cyber attacks

Particularly active have been state-sponsored threat actors such as APT28 and the Lazarus Group, which are linked to Russia and North Korea, respectively. They primarily target the United States, Europe and South Korea in various sectors including government and financial institutions.

The five countries most prone to cyberattacks

The United States remains the most targeted country, followed by growth in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly South Korea and Japan. New Zealand and Hong Kong have also been included in the top 10 list of countries exposed to the most cyberattacks.

The BlackBerry Global Threat Intelligence Report serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding the complexities of the current cybersecurity landscape. It also highlights the ever-evolving nature of threats and emphasizes the importance of staying informed and vigilant, especially in a world increasingly reliant on remote access.

Data breaches:

Data breaches are an ongoing problem and represent the most common threat to companies across various industries. Unauthorized access and disclosure of confidential information continues to be a problem for companies and requires strict security measures.


Phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated and cybercriminals are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to deceive individuals and organizations. The threat is no longer limited to email but also extends to various digital platforms.

Ransomware attacks:

Ransomware has evolved from a simple threat into a multifaceted problem. The complexity and persistence of these attacks are increasing, requiring a more comprehensive defense strategy to combat them.

IoT vulnerabilities:

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized connectivity but also brought new security challenges. Connecting IoT devices requires innovative solutions to ensure these connections are not interrupted Vulnerabilities in an organization’s security chain.

CISOs: The Guardians of Data Integrity

Main concern: data breaches

  • For a CISO, the nightmare scenario is a data breach where unauthorized access and information extraction can have catastrophic consequences.

Security Manager: The first line of defense

Key Concerns: Phishing and social engineering

  • Security managers often face the human element of cybersecurity. Phishing and social engineering attacks exploit human vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access.

Decision Makers: The Strategists Behind Cybersecurity

Key Concern: Ransomware attacks

  • Decision makers are often held accountable for the financial impact of a ransomware attack. Their primary focus is creating a cybersecurity budget that provides sufficient resources for ransomware prevention and recovery.

Addressing the cybersecurity landscape of 2023 requires careful planning, innovation, and alignment with business goals. The challenges are great, but focused strategy, collaboration and vigilance can secure a company’s digital future. Read the full report to always be one step ahead.

By Ronald van Loon