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Sophos 2022 Threat Report

Interrelated threats targeting an interdependent world

As we move into 2022, ransomware shows no signs of slowing down – that’s no surprise. What we have seen in the past 18 months, however, is a shift in tactics: targets have shifted to ever-larger organizations, and the business model that dictates how ransomware attacks occur has evolved. It’s up to IT professionals to proactively deal with these trends to meet the challenges just on the horizon and beyond.

Ransomware-as-a-Service has changed the landscape – find out the impact of this shift

The most significant change Sophos has observed is a shift from bad actors who make their own bespoke ransomware and carry out their own attacks to a model in which one group builds the ransomware and then leases it out to breaking-and-entering, hands-on-keyboard experts. This has changed the threat landscape in many ways.

In this report you’ll find:

  • The future of ransomware
  • The impact of Ransomware-as-a-Service
  • The expanding threat of extortion-style attacks
  • How misuse of “threat emulation” tools has impacted cybersecurity
  • AI and its role in 2022 and beyond

Some of the topics covered in this threat report:


Malware begets malware

Hear how the rise of Cobalt Strike has been used by hackers as part of their access and lateral movement.

Malware distribution frameworks

Find out how malware families have switched their business model to deliver malware payloads more effectively.

Hybrid attacks

See how where once attacks could be broken down into two distinct categories, a new hybrid model of broad and targeted attack has emerged.

The AI cybersecurity revolution continues

Learn about what has changed in AI and machine learning in cybersecurity and how it is used to predict and prevent cyber threats.

Mobile malware

Find out the latest on how malware targets mobile devices and how protecting those devices has become essential.

Pressure tactics

Discover how adversaries are pressurizing individuals to pay up.

Sophos: Advanced Security for Your Office and Home


Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks.

Understanding the Changing Cybersecurity Landscape


Cybersecurity never stands still and this year has offered new challenges for practitioners across the globe. The Sophos 2022 Threat Report clarifies the state of cybersecurity, giving organizations the insights they need to defend against evolving attacks.

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