Septembre 28, 2022

New Report: 65% of Critical National Infrastructure was hit by a cyberattack in the last 12 months

Joanna Crossley

Fuel pipelines, power stations, railways and more... cyber criminals are setting their sights on the lucrative targets of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).

Some 65% of CNI organisations were hit by a cyberattack in the past year – a damning insight unearthed by Forcepoint’s ‘Panic Stations’ research, launched yesterday (download your free report here).

We spoke to 500 US and UK CNI cybersecurity professionals to explore the impact of cyber threats on our national infrastructure, revealing some alarming statistics in the process.

For instance, some sectors are being hit worse than others. The rate of attack increases to three-quarters of organizations operating in the communications (75%), energy (74%) and banking (74%) sectors, as well as central government (75%).

CNI is clearly a major prize for attackers: with ransomware worrying cybersecurity professionals the most.

Our research found more than half (57%) of CNI organizations across both countries fell foul to a ransomware attack in the past year, with 72% of victims admitting to paying the ransom.

And the biggest threat actors against CNI?

  • Cyber gangs from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea
  • Nation states making acts of political retaliation – using cyberattacks as a political tool
  • Acts of ‘hacktivism’ – with motivations aligning with more traditional activism, such as the anti-nuclear movement, or as part of wider cyber trends
  • Acts of cyber warfare – such as those committed by Russia on Ukraine


But there is hope. To understand this complex threat landscape for National Critical Infrastructure, download the Panic Stations report.

Forcepoint Panic Stations Report - Trust Overcomes Fear

Joanna Crossley

Joanna Crossley joined Forcepoint as a part of the Deep Secure acquisition in 2021, Joanna works with the Global Governments team specialising in demand generation and social strategy.

Joanna is based in the United Kingdom.

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À propos de Forcepoint

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