In the 2022 National Cyber Security Index, the top five positions were held by European countries. However, ever-changing geopolitical circumstances and new technological trends have made key sectors and industries increasingly vulnerable to a wider range of attacks than ever before.

In the digital era, cyber resilience and security innovation are imperative. Cyber threats jeopardize your business because they compromise internal operations and impact your customers. Repairing the damage can be costly, both in terms of reputation and finances.

Cyberattacks in Europe

The latest report from ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, has identified the following cyberattacks as the most prominent and frequent threats to European cybersecurity.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks

In July 2022, Akamai detected and mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever launched against a European customer on the Prolexic platform. The attack had globally distributed traffic that peaked at 853.7 Gbps and 659.6 Mpps over 14 hours. Over the past 10 years, DDoS attacks have increased by over 1,000%.

Data Kidnapping

The data kidnapping trend is increasing. Criminals are focusing on highly sensitive information, like financial or health data, to make it more valuable. They’re also using a tactic called “double extortion,” where they threaten to release stolen data online unless a ransom is paid, which adds an extortion element. Additionally, attackers are employing advanced techniques to bypass security measures and encrypt the data.

Social Engineering

Phishing is the most common technique, with 86% of organizations experiencing a phishing event. However, new forms of social engineering attacks are emerging.
European embassies and ministries have been hit by a phishing campaign, starting in December 2022, a group of pro-Chinese crackers targeted embassies and ministries of foreign affairs Cyber criminals attack government agencies using PlugX malware.


The distribution of malware increased in 2022 due to vulnerabilities found in IoT devices and open-source frameworks.


A study highlights that Italy has been the European country most affected by malware for eight out of 12 months. In the last quarter of last year, Italy ranked third globally for malware attacks, behind only Japan and the United States.

How to Protect Your Business from Cyberattacks

Building cyber resilience is essential to prevent a cyberattack. At Nais, we can help you develop a Cyber Security strategy that safeguards your people, processes, and technology. Additionally, our Managed Security Services offer scalable, 24/7 threat detection and response to keep your organization secure.
Learn more about how Nais can assist you in managing new cyber threats for your organization.