It’s time to publish the statistics derived from the Cyber Attacks Timelines of March (part I and part II). In March I have collected 276 events, a new record that proofs, if needed, how troubled this year is from an infosecurity standpoint. Ransomware attacks, the Accellion 0-day and the growing number of vulnerabilities are pushing the numbers to new highs..

Once again, cyber crime leads the Motivations chart with 84.1% (it was 85.2% in February.) And similarly, malware continues to lead the Attack Techniques chart with 34.1% (it was 28.3% in January.) The most noticeable (and concerning) aspect is the jump of vulnerabilities at number two among the known attack vectors with 18.1% (from 8.8% in February).

Finally, multiple industries return on top of the Target Distribution chart with 19.9% ahead of educational institutions, technical activities and single individuals.

The statistics are also available as an infographic.

As always bear in mind that the sample refers exclusively to the attacks included in my timelines, available from public sources such as blogs and news sites. Obviously the sample cannot be complete, but only aims to provide an high level overview of the threat landscape.

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