What’s Next: 5 Cybersecurity Challenges to Consider in 2022
By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.
It’s that time of year when we begin to reminisce about the good and the bad of the year we’re leaving behind. By now, you’ve probably realized that 2021 was tough on cybersecurity. This year, there have been an estimated ~1,291 data breaches, including the Solar Winds, GoDaddy, and Colonial Pipeline breaches. These breaches opened the eyes of many and made it clear that no one industry is less likely to be affected by a cyber-attack. To prepare us for the year to come, we’re discussing five cybersecurity challenges we foresee happening in 2022.
Five Cybersecurity Challenges to Combat in 2022
- Adapting to a Remote Workforce: The world of cybersecurity has changed drastically. Companies have adapted to servicing their customers and employees remotely for almost two years. Companies continuously learn how to conduct business remotely while protecting their networks. It’s been quite a learning curve for us all, and there is no sign of it letting up in 2022.
- Ransomware Challenges: The nightmare that will keep on giving as we move into the new year. Ransomware will remain cybersecurity’s biggest challenge in the new year, as hackers develop tactics that will become harder to defend against. IBM recently shared that in 2020, ransomware attacks were more expensive than the average data breach, costing $4.44 million on average. Attacks, including extortion, social engineering, and more, are set to increase, meaning sensitive data will be their bait. Companies will have a significant responsibility to prepare their employees and their IT teams for battle.
- Insider Threats: This emerging challenge may be more dangerous than the thought of data breaches themselves. Insider threats involve some sort of human error that occurs internally. Whether an employee accidentally leaks passwords credentials or ignores security protocols, extreme implications are involved. Threat actors are not always external, and data theft can come from inside a company’s employee pool. Tough questions need to be asked regarding whether your organization has proper onboarding processes, security tools, and professionals to protect itself from insider threats.
- Increased Need for Cybersecurity Professionals: The urgent need for more educated and experienced cybersecurity professionals will be a challenge for the industry as threats increase; the need for new talent to combat these threats will increase as well. Subject matter experts will be a crucial necessity for cybersecurity teams to help secure corporate networks worldwide in the upcoming years.
- Increased Need for Real-time Data Visibility: Many executives are responsible for managing cybersecurity risks for their organization, and without an expert level, comprehensive picture of their company’s IT landscape, their efforts will weaken. Introducing security automation platforms into your organization’s IT roadmap will grant your IT team and leadership real-time visibility into your network. By doing so, managing data protection, threats, malfunctions, and IT operations failures happen without any internal heavy lifting. The only way to prevent data loss is to completely understand what is happening inside your network on a minute-by-minute basis.
Preparation is the Keyword for 2022
The last few years have been unpredictable, and from the way things are unraveling, 2022 will be as well. The challenges above only represent a small portion of what the industry is up against. As your organization continues to navigate its security journey, the key is to take all we know about cybersecurity and apply it thoroughly to our current realities.
The purpose of this blog is to inform you of the upcoming obstacles that can affect your organization should you choose not to act quickly. However, knowledge is only the halfway point to winning the war. Consistency and dedication are essential for implementing proper techniques, platforms, and protocols to fight against cyber enemies. As the year ends, use the remaining few weeks to prepare your roadmaps and teams as much as possible for the cyber battle ahead. The more you know, the better off you will be.