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Top 5 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022
January 6, 2022 Liz Pena

Verity IT’s Top 5 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022

The past year has thrust cybersecurity into the spotlight and created a new focus on evolving security strategies for businesses.

Cybersecurity moves fast and it can be hard to know what will happen tomorrow, let alone through the next year. However, we can take a deeper look at the recent past and know what to prepare for.

1. Evolution of Cyber Insurance

The role of cyber insurance has increasingly been highlighted over the past year, largely as a result of surging ransomware attacks and demands. It has become blatantly clear that the increasingly dangerous threat landscape has increased the relevance of cyber insurance. It will be a vital part of organizations’ cyber-resilience going forward.

2. New Approaches to Security Awareness Training

The shift to hybrid working has increased employees’ exposure to cyberattacks, leaving businesses vulnerable to breaches. Most breaches happen the same way – stolen credentials, social engineering or vulnerabilities in unpatched software that are exploited.

That said, an organization’s cybersecurity cannot lie solely with its’ IT team anymore. Cybersecurity should should be shared throughout an entire workforce.

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3. Increased Adoption of Zero Trust

As hybrid working models become more established in organizations, experts predict increased adoption of zero trust security models within the next year.

Zero Trust is a network security model that is based on a strict identity verification process. In short, a Zero Trust approach trusts no one. As more organizations do computing outside of their perimeter in the cloud, security teams find it increasingly difficult to trust or identify who and what should be trusted with access to their networks. As a result, a large number of organizations are adopting Zero Trust as an element or a component of their trust network architecture and enterprise security strategy.

4. Insider Threats on the Rise

A lot of focus for security teams in the past year was on outsider attacks such as ransomware. While ransomware is still a huge issue, we must be careful not to ignore insider attacks.

The media is so focused on external attacks. As a result, insiders who either inadvertently or maliciously attack a company get overlooked.

Victim companies may not want to admit an insider attack due to embarrassment and liability worries. Because of this, insider attacks are not seen in the news as much. However, they certainly happened in 2021 and we can expect to see more of them in the news in 2022.

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5. Ransomware Will Continue to Wreak Havoc

With that said regarding insider threats, ransomware will still continue to make its way into 2022. Ransomware is now a primary threat for businesses, and with the past year considered the “golden era” for operators, cybersecurity experts believe this criminal enterprise will reach new heights in 2022.

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