By Applaudo Studios




Top 10 cybersecurity trends for 2022

Learn more about cybersecurity risks and how to manage them.

Today, cybersecurity is an issue that should concern all companies whether large or small. Cyberattacks are on the rise as modern technologies and digital adoption evolve, from capturing your personal information to shutting down a company’s operations due to confidential exposure, cybersecurity ought to be a top priority.

The Covid-19 pandemic has engendered a real challenge for security teams and even more so when several industries have migrated to remote work as their new business model. To manage these types of risks, you need to keep track of new cybersecurity trends, as, with proper security and encrypted connection practices, you and your company can remain safe.   

In this article, we will analyze the cybersecurity risks and what are the main trends to overcome them in 2022. Let’s take a look.   

Key cybersecurity trends for 2022  

1. Phishing threats across different platforms and devices
Phishing attacks in the form of suspicious emails, messages, or links are the most common type of cyber-attack. What do they consist of? They attempt to trick users to provide sensitive information or install malicious software/applications, including ransomware. This is one of the main reasons why companies must start adopting and investing in security awareness programs.  

2. Raising user awareness
Any organization needs to take appropriate measures to strengthen the security of its organization and protect its users. It is also vital to raise user awareness to identify and prevent network hacks to protect the company’s reputation. Internet, training methods, and among others are some of the measures taken by most companies to form their employees so that they know how to treat and share the company’s confidential data.  

3. Double extortion ransomware attacks
Ransomware attacks typically occur through phishing emails, but can also be done through other channels, e.g., insecure mobile apps, fake websites, and desktop software as other common ways.  

How does ransomware work? It locks your data, and this stops you from being able to access it. In return, it will ask you for a ransom payment. In double extortion ransomware, hackers ask for additional payment or threaten to release your data online.   

Ransomware can be reduced by encrypting your internet connection with a VPN and using real-time threat prevention. It is also recommended to stay away from websites, applications, and links that come from unreliable sources.  

4. Attacks on the healthcare industry
Data breaches are the most common cybersecurity problems in the healthcare industry, and they cost businesses a lot of money. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, some healthcare institutions have modified their firewall policies to allow employees to work from home. As a consequence, healthcare firms are paying closer attention to security regulations, such as HIPAA compliance, to protect patient data.  

5. Machine learning
Machine learning (ML) is playing a larger and more proactive role in cybersecurity. With machine learning, cybersecurity becomes easier and more effective. ML creates patterns and manipulates them with algorithms using a large data collection. As a result of this, ML will be able to predict and respond to active attacks in real-time.  

6. Reusing passwords across accounts and devices
Unified accounts across devices are becoming more common, but with them come risks. Many mobile applications require a login, thus increasing the number of accounts and passwords. Did you know that passwords are responsible for more than 80% of data violations? Many people use their date of birth in their passwords, weak passwords with generic phrases or sequences of numbers.   

Using a password manager helps reduce the risks related to password reuse and loss of personal data.  

7. IoT Vulnerabilities
The majority of IoT devices on the market today continue to have security concerns. Data may be exchanged and received via the internet thanks to the computer units’ built-in IoT products. Home intrusions are one of the scariest possible hazards that IoT brings with it since it connects the virtual and physical worlds.   

Encrypting your internet connection before other devices connect to it and masking your IP address may be a deterrent to IoT attacks.  

8. Remote work attacks
Today with remote work, the concern for remote security has increased. Significant vulnerabilities have been found in remote desktop software, including Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, TeamViewer, VNC, and Netop.  

In case you work remotely, try to use remote access software without documented vulnerabilities whenever possible and be suspicious of scams.  

9. Data theft and mobile e-commerce fraud
During the COVID pandemic, e-commerce became the essential channel between buyers and sellers. Hackers have taken advantage of this through data theft, fraudulent transactions, among other attacks.  

According to a report by Juniper Research, online payment fraud will cause e-commerce merchants to lose at least $25 billion each year through 2024.  

Reduce risks when shopping online. Opt for well-known, trusted stores that provide encryption. Always check for the encryption sign in your browser’s URL bar.  

10. Cloud security and network vulnerabilities
Today the cloud is part of everyday life for most of us. Online storage services, software as a service, and social networks are some examples of applications or services that work in the cloud. But not all of them have secure authentication and encryption.  Configuration errors, network vulnerabilities or intrusions, and data leaks are the main causes of cloud security incidents. It is of utmost importance to know how to choose only reliable and secure cloud providers. Use strong passwords, activate two-factor authentication, and make sure that only devices that are used have access to the cloud.  

As this year begins, companies and users have recognized the importance of having cybersecurity solutions in place, especially now that remote and hybrid modalities have increased. We hope you find this article helpful and to be able to implement these trends and keep your organization safe.

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