Web application attacks have witnessed a massive surge in 2021 and are a significant cause of concern. Security vendor Imperva published a report after analyzing 4.7 million web app-related cyber incidents since October 2019 and has come up with concerning statistics.
Web app attacks have surged by 22% on average every quarter.
Attacks on businesses in the U.K have increased by 250% during this period. This increase has, in turn, caused a rise in data breaches.
Over the past couple of years, RCE and RFI attacks—used to hijack websites and steal information—soared by 271%.
In Q3 2021, recorded web attacks surged by 68% as threat actors started using the holiday shopping season to their advantage.
Why the surge?
The rise in attacks is mainly driven by the urgency of businesses to undergo digital transformation due to the pandemic. In addition to this, the changing nature of app development, such as the shift to cloud computing and rapid distribution of APIs, has resulted in a greater attack surface.
The bottom line
It is possible to stay safe from data breaches and other cyber incidents by crafting and implementing mitigation techniques for web app attacks. Defenders should have a complete understanding of the organization’s network and incident response cannot be delayed. Organizations should adopt a comprehensive web security solution that contains a web application firewall, DDoS protection, and bot management solution.