According to the Incident Response Analyst Report 2021, brute force hacking is on the rise in a big way. In fact, it was the single most common method of gaining access to corporate networks. The number of attacks that came from brute force methods soared from 13% in 2020 to 31.6% in 2021, a massive overall increase of around 145%. The report highlighted the need for strong password precautions and showed that many businesses are highly vulnerable. The report suggested that the rise in brute force attacks may be down to more workers logging in remotely during the pandemic. Vulnerability exploitation was the second most common method of attack, at around 31% of all cases.