Cybersecurity is the exercise of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, networks, and data from malicious attacks in the digital world. Since more and more leaks occur and more information appears exposed worldwide, investment in cybersecurity is increasing and will continue to grow in the coming years. Today we tell you eight cybersecurity trends that are defining 2022.
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Eight cybersecurity trends in 2022
According to various studies and reports, most cyber attacks affect network security, and it is the central element that allows orchestrating and sustaining the global protection of organizations. We show below the eight main trends that have stood out this year in the cybersecurity landscape:
1. Identification of vulnerabilities.
As the network perimeter expands, service infrastructure migrates to the cloud, and machine learning and artificial intelligence are increasingly use. Therefore, it is essential to assess the risks to define the level of exposure in an organization and determine the appropriate security objectives.
2. Focus on internal threats- “Zero Trust”.
More than 30% of security breaches originate within the same organizations. The “Zero Trust” approach assumes that threats (intentional or not) come from both inside and outside the network. This security model requires identity verification for each person and device attempting to access resources on a private network.
3. Invest in network data analytics.
61% of network managers know that it is tough to properly monitor all the devices connected to a network. To attack this problem, network information analysis is evolving from a descriptive approach to a more predictive and prescriptive one, capable of providing the necessary information to act proactively.
4. Tight control over who and what connects to the network.
The binary approach of “in or out” will become increasingly obsolete. It will be replace by the implementation of granular policies (user, device type, location, time of day, connection type, etc.) designed specifically according to the characteristics of each business.
5. Containment and isolation of cyber attackers.
Network segmentation and isolation are one of the most neglected aspects of an organization’s security strategy. According to the latest studies, only 1% of companies had a segmentation strategy in 2019. By 2023, an increase of 30% is expecte.
6. Growing importance of data privacy.
Companies have invested almost 9,000 million euros in adopting privacy policies following the RGPD (General Data Protection Regulation). This shows the importance of these regulations for organizations operating in Europe. Keeping governance under control is key to complying with this rule and avoiding fines such as the 57 billion dollars paid by Google in 2019.
7. Risks of the Internet of things and 5G.
The number of IoT devices in the world reached 20 billion in 2020. According to experts, it takes just 3 minutes to hack an IoT device and six months to discover the breach. The arrival of 5G will exacerbate the problem since it will encourage using these devices in outdoor locations.
8. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
By 2024 artificial intelligence will be an integral part of all business activities, and at least 90% of corporate applications will use artificial intelligence. But keep in mind that cybercriminals rely on artificial intelligence to carry out their most sophisticated and difficult-to-contain attacks.
Problems with network security will continue to increase in the future as connectivity, mobility, and cloud use increase. This year, the ones we have already seen have mainly affected large companies and organizations, which is clear evidence that the rules of the digital game are changing. The cybersecurity trends of 2022 point to an increase in risks, with more possibilities for attackers and a more excellent investment in protection policies.
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