At the end of 2020, we shared a collection of our favorite cybersecurity memes to close out a really hard year on a light note. It remains one of our most popular blog posts. 2022 was not nearly as dramatic as 2020, but it still offered its share of difficult and unexpected moments. Inflation soared, Russia invaded Ukraine, cryptocurrency exchanges took a hard fall, and Elon Musk bought Twitter. There were also plenty of breaches, hacks, and ransomware attacks to keep us on our toes.
The first half of 2022 saw slow growth in the number of data breaches. But major breaches (and leaks) still occurred. The Red Cross was targeted in a complex attack that captured data on over half a million vulnerable refugees. Chipmaker Nvidia leaked information on 71,000 employees during a cyber attack. And Verizon handed a threat actor a whole database of names, email addresses, and phone numbers; the culprit was an employee who fell victim to a social engineering scam.
Unfortunately, Q3 brought a 70% rise in breaches globally for a total of 108.9 million compromised accounts. The following companies all suffered breaches (or admitted to having suffered them in the past): Marriott Hotels, Twitter, Uber, LastPass, DoorDash, Samsung, and TikTok. But you didn’t have to be a big international brand to be targeted. An Australian wine vendor took a major hit right alongside the Los Angeles Unified School District and ecommerce software developer Fishpig.
2022 was another year that proved the crucial role that cybersecurity professionals play both in our businesses and in our civic institutions. Without your prevention and mitigation efforts, our online lives would grind to a halt. The following memes are our gift to you at the end of another busy year. We appreciate you and your business with Asylas. May your holidays be restful and your passwords be strong and unique!
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