Sectigo Research Reveals Websites Are Attacked 172 Times A Day And Automated Bot Attacks Are On The Rise For SMBs

ROSELAND, NJ, March 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New research from Sectigo®, a global leader in digital certificates and automated certificate lifecycle management (CLM), has found that cyberattacks, especially automated ones, of all kinds are on the rise, driven primarily by the surge in robot traffic. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are grappling with bot traffic that was now 5.5 times more than human traffic in 2021, compared to 2020 – 2,306 average weekly bot visits per site. Additionally, the volume of human traffic has decreased, indicating that malicious actors are using bots to expand their attacks and target oblivious SMB website owners.

“While there are legitimate reasons for bots to visit a website, such as search engine crawlers and copyright scans, bots are also used for a variety of nefarious purposes. Malicious bots can programmatically visit websites and identify vulnerabilities in the code to execute their attacks, such as stealing data or inserting malware,” said Jason Soroko, CTO of PKI at Sectigo.

Soroko continued, “The public internet is a very dangerous place and is getting worse and worse. Don’t make the underdog mistake – SME websites have enormous value for bad actors because they have customer data and can be used for phishing attacks. It’s not just fraud either. If websites manage payments, they are also obvious targets. Management system platforms content that SMBs rely on may not protect against these threats, in fact they are inherently difficult to secure.

Soroko concluded, “New data from SiteLock underscores the importance of having a comprehensive website security solution to protect against these threats and build digital trust in an increasingly digital world. tools are a necessity, not a luxury.”

The research was conducted by the website security protection and monitoring company Sectigo, Site lock. SiteLock Website Security Annual Report 2022 explores the current website security landscape and trends as of 2021. SiteLock analyzed over 14 million websites to determine the most prevalent cyber threats organizations face today. The results show that the threat landscape continues to grow and evolve, with particularly effective cyber threats, such as Filehacker (35% of malware-infected websites contained Filehacker) and Backdoor attacks (31% contained Backdoor). The search found:

  • Ninety-three percent of websites infected with malware were not blacklisted. That’s nine out of 10 websites missed by search engines.
  • Websites are attacked 172 times a day, eight attacks per minute.
  • WordPress sites are 39 times more vulnerable than sites without a content management system (CMS). Moreover, plugins have an impact on the vulnerability of WordPress. For five plugins on a website, the risk of attack is almost double.
  • There are currently around 4.1 million malware-infected websites in the world.
  • Almost half (48%) of small business website owners believe they are too small to be targeted, even though half of them have been hacked.

Given the wide range of threats, businesses need a comprehensive security solution. SiteLock is a suite of security products designed to protect SMBs of all kinds against attacks. With SiteLock’s Risk Assessment Tool, which analyzes over 500 variables to determine a website’s level of risk, SMBs can stay ahead of these ever-evolving web threats and prevent bad actors from disrupting their online presence.

Sectigo will showcase research at CloudFest 2022 this week in Europa-Park, Germany. CloudFest, taking place March 22-24, is the industry’s leading conference for cloud, hosting and internet service providers and addresses the most critical trends in website security. As the market leader in web security with over 16 million websites currently protected by SiteLock and a suite of solutions including automated CMS vulnerability scanning and remediation solutions, Sectigo is a Diamond Plus Partner for CloudFest .

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About Sectigo

Sectigo is a leading provider of digital certificates and automated Certificate Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions – trusted by the world’s leading brands. Its cloud-based universal CLM platform issues and manages the lifecycles of digital certificates issued by Sectigo and other Certificate Authorities (CAs) to secure every human and machine identity in the enterprise. With over 20 years of experience building digital trust, Sectigo is one of the oldest and largest CAs with over 700,000 customers, including 36% of the Fortune 1000. For more information , visit

About Site Lock

SiteLock is a leader in comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for organizations. Its cloud-based technologies and deep expertise give organizations of all sizes access to the same security capabilities that the largest enterprises use to protect their data, ensure secure communications and defend their websites. SiteLock offers effective, affordable, and accessible solutions to automatically detect and remediate threats, prevent future cyberattacks, enable unrestricted and secure communications, and meet compliance standards. Founded in 2008, the company protects more than 16 million organizations worldwide.

Elliot Harrison, Director of Global Communications
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