Cybersecurity threats are on the rise. According to the Ponemon Institute’s State of Cybersecurity Report, in the past 12 months alone, around 65% of companies have experienced a cyber attack, and 69% of them claim these threats are becoming more and more targeted. What’s more, 49% of responders believe their internal operations are not effective at successfully mitigating these types of attacks.
Given all of this, it’s clear that there is a growing need for companies to develop and utilize a strong, comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to protect their assets. But before devising such a plan, it’s worth taking a look at some of the biggest cybersecurity trends that can impact your business, and learning what you have to do to face them successfully.
Healthcare Organizations Will Face Even More Cyberattacks
As the health sector has increased the amount of data gathered from patients to improve the quality of its services, so has the number of cyberattacks targeting hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The growing patient data coupled with the increased adoption of IoT devices have unfortunately created a lot of vulnerabilities for many healthcare providers.
In 2022 and beyond, it’s very likely that healthcare facilities will remain a priority for hackers to try and breach, as sensitive patient data can prove quite financially beneficial.
5G Will Create New Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
Many businesses are understandably excited for the 5G widespread rollout thanks to the promise of faster speed and enhanced connectivity. However, 5G will also be the reason many will face new cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Because with the adoption of 5G, the adoption of IoT devices is also likely to increase thanks to better connectivity capabilities. Such devices impose many unique security vulnerabilities companies will have to tackle, as they, unfortunately, create more entry points for outside parties to a potential breach.
Ransomware Will Play a Growing Role in Attacks
Ransomware rates have increased tremendously over the last few years, and the trend is expected to continue to rise as employees are still working from home or migrating to a hybrid workplace.
This change in work offices greatly expands the need for a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy as well as employee training to prevent them from falling prey to such tactics.
Social Engineering and Phishing Will Remain Major Challenges
The need for employee training also helps address the increasing risk of phishing tactics, now often delivered not just through company emails, but the employees’ personal accounts as well. Not being able to spot these tactics expose the entire company to a breach, especially if company employees are working from home and utilizing their devices to access company data.
How to Future-Proof Your Cybersecurity Strategy
1. Zero Trust
Any device or user trying to connect to the company network should be properly vetted. A zero-trust system will continuously monitor devices and users for suspicious activity, which will allow companies to move swiftly in case they detect something worth investigating.
2. Prioritize Comprehensive Visibility
For most companies, the workplace is changing dramatically, with workers working from home either on a hybrid model or completely. This has created new needs in terms of company security, as workers need to be given access to company information while simultaneously making sure all such connections are secure. To address this need, visibility is key, as companies should closely monitor activity.
3. Get back to Basics
Cybersecurity measures don’t need to be tremendously difficult, to the point where the team in charge has a difficult time keeping up with the tasks. In fact, this can lead to an increased risk in cybersecurity, as the team cannot effectively monitor and manage all activity. Relying on tried and tested industry standards is a great way to approach it and introducing automation wherever possible significantly lowers the need for exhaustive manual checks.
4. Harden Cloud and Data Center Workload Security
Keeping software updated, resolving network misconfigurations, and enhancing access management greatly diminished the risks of data breaches.
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Companies of any size and any industry must prepare for the growing risks that a more connected world presents. If you are looking for a new cybersecurity partner to help you establish a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, we at Cyber Sainik are ready to assist you.
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