Businesses face new obstacles all the time. Over the past few years, however, the frequency of cyberattacks have become a pending threat to organizations who are vulnerable, and has challenged the ways in which cybersecurity is handled for most.
Cybercrimes rose drastically during the pandemic, and while this influx has caused organizations to take cybersecurity more seriously, cyber threats aren’t going away anytime soon. Businesses can experience a breach at any time, but being prepared for such an attack can help diffuse the situation and avoid irreparable damage.
Let’s look ahead at some of the biggest cybersecurity trends for the upcoming year for insight into how businesses can get ahead of the curve.
1. Increase of Artificial Intelligence and Automation
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation continue to play crucial roles in securing online systems for organizations. AI can counteract cybercrime by identifying patterns of behavior that signify anything out-of-the-ordinary, especially in bustling large systems. AI and automated solutions are a necessary tool in identifying and countering cyber threat, and it’s likely more and more companies will be investing in these solutions in the new year.
2. Larger Focus on Identity Security and Data Privacy
Identity theft is still one of the most common forms of cyber-attacks. Individuals use login credentials multiple times a day, if not daily. What comes as such a simple action to us all can also be an impending vulnerability. The best thing businesses and individuals can do is create stronger, more cryptic passwords, and change them often. Adding a second layer of security such as multi-factor authentication will be crucial for securing personal information in the upcoming year as well.
3. Attacks on the Cloud will Continue
The rise of remote work has increased cloud service use for data sharing, communication and other necessary activities to keep businesses productive despite being in different locations. While cloud usage will continue to rise as more organizations commit to hybrid workplaces, they’re still prone to cyber-attacks and threats. Companies and their IT staff need to look into all security points to measure and maintain cloud security, and orient staff on best practices to maintain cloud privacy and protection moving forward.
4. Phishing is Still Prevalent
Phishing scams and ransomware became a major problem during the pandemic, as attackers took advantage of employees working from home on unsecure networks. Ransomware, which is typically deployed through phishing attacks, tricks employees into providing details or clicking links that downloads ransomware software onto a computer. In the upcoming year, businesses need to improve their identity management as well as employee awareness training to avoid falling victim to phishing emails. Cyber professionals can provide educational materials and vulnerability identification to better protect and secure your organization.
5. Increased Demand for Cybersecurity Experts
Businesses will need to be more proactive about cybersecurity going into the new year. Even if you don’t think your business could be a target, cybercriminals don’t discriminate and will even target employees within the organization. Hiring a cybersecurity expert can help you and your employees stay vigilant through cybersecurity awareness training and provide regular security testing to ensure your applications are patched. It’s likely more and more businesses will be investing in managed service providers (MSPs) and Security as a Service (SaaS).
All businesses and individuals have access to tools that can significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats, but you have to be proactive. By acting on these trends and finding solutions for your organization, you can go into the new year with a truly secure business.