As we get to the end of another year and 2023 is approaching, now is the time to look at Cybersecurity Trends for 2023. And you will not be surprised to hear that cybercrime is still a major problem.
There have been plenty of studies done that show it is still the number one threat to countries, businesses and individuals. Even after many years, cyber is still on the increase, from ransomware to social media hacks and even full-on cyber warfare, it is not going to go away as we all have to ensure we are protected.
A recent SCC Cyber review shows a 300% increase in searches on ransomware. This means it is still very much on the agenda for businesses around the globe. As we get more ‘connected devices’ then IoT (Internet of things) hacking is a real concern.
So let’s have a look at the six top trends.
Not surprisingly, people are still on top. It doesn’t matter what hardware or software security measures you put in place, if you do not make your employees cyber aware then you are at major risk of getting attacked. When someone is busy, it is very easy to click on something they shouldn’t. We know from experience that a Friday afternoon when you are looking to get finished for the weekend, is a very dangerous time. So how can you minimise the risk to your people? Well, the easiest way is to ensure they are constantly reminded of the risk and ensure they carry out regular cyber security training. There are many cost-effective solutions on the market to assist you.
Ransomware and Extortion
This is another threat that has been around for many years and is still a favourite amongst cybercriminals. But in 2022 it is extortion that is on the increase. Extortion is ransomware without any encryption, which means it makes it easier to extort money for your personal information. Again to ensure your protection against this, you have to raise awareness amongst your people and ensure they are vigilant. In addition, ensure your email security is good, your backups are running and your internal governance is being adhered to.
Artificial intelligence and Machine learning
AI and ML are on the increase and many companies are finding this technology is a great time and labour saviour. But they need to be used responsibly as they can easily be manipulated if not properly implemented and secured.
Artificial and Machine learning as pressure reducers
As we automate more processes AI and ML become more embedded in our business. We know AI and ML will reduce workloads (just look at a few of our other blogs) they allow you to interrogate massive amounts of data to create a workflow and ultimately give live reporting. But as above, they have to be properly implemented and secured.
Expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT)
Again, as mentioned above, more devices are now Internet-connected, and this is only going to increase. And in the home, this can be really cool and save you a lot of time and effort. Who wouldn’t like a camera in the fridge to help you when you are shopping? Or a connected hob and extractor fan, so when your pot starts boiling the extractor fan increases the speed and stops your room from streaming up. But the big problem with this technology is the security standards are outdated and need to catch up with the technology. Poor software design can mean networks are vulnerable to attack and if this happens it is easy for a cybercriminal to gain access to your network, then your devices and then your data.
Thankfully, Government legislation is quite strong in this area and there are steps you can take to follow guidelines and make your business, staff, and customers more compliant. In the first instance, you can look at Cyber Essentials and then ISO27001. Both of these will give you a good framework for improving Information Security.
If you want to discuss this in more detail. Unleashed is a consultancy, which means we will look for the best and most cost-effective products to suit your way of working. So, why not get in touch and let’s talk about the best way forward?