The past couple of years have been difficult for businesses, regardless of if they are large organizations or small businesses. Likewise, cybersecurity has been a challenge. Let’s take a look at what 2022 could pose for cybersecurity, especially considering recent trends.
The increase in remote and hybrid work has been great for companies that are able to support these kinds of operations, but there are certain tradeoffs, including security.
Working remotely can do wonders to protect the health and safety of your employees, but it does increase the opportunity for them to fall victim to hacking attacks. Their home networks are likely nowhere near as secure as your in-house network is, so you’ll have to encourage your users to stay alert and remain vigilant, especially while out of the office. All it takes is one unsecured smart device to create a problem for your organization.
You can also expect hackers to seek out new vulnerabilities that coincide with where their victims are located and which devices/solutions they are using. There is always a risk when using a new software solution, especially when new patches and updates could potentially bring with them new vulnerabilities in the form of a zero-day attack. Attackers are always trying to use new and developing technologies to their advantage, too, such is the case with deepfake technology.
It’s expected that breaches will target different types of victims over the next year, and that the largest breaches will target the cryptocurrency space. Even so, we would be surprised to see this shift creating even less of a danger for businesses, so you’ll still want to protect yourself whenever possible.
Many vulnerabilities stem from failing to update systems in an appropriate manner, so it’s of critical importance that these vulnerabilities are patched as soon as possible, especially in the business technology sector.
It’s safe to say that phishing and other cyberthreats are not going anywhere, placing the end user in a precarious position. This is especially true if people continue to work from home without a concerted effort to increase cybersecurity awareness. You must take measures to increase awareness of the risks of working remotely and of the threats that are found online.
We might want to say that the future is bright for security, but you can never count on it being too bright. What you can count on, however, is that Aniar IT Services will be there to help you out each step of the way. To learn more about how we can help you protect your business, reach out to us at 094 90 48200.
Seán is the Managing Director at Aniar IT Services and has been working in IT for over 20 years
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