2022 Cybersecurity Forecast
2020 and 2021 have been challenging years in terms of online security. We’ve seen countless phishing scams, ransomware attacks, and critical infrastructure hacks. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how many businesses conduct their operations forcing millions of people to work remotely. Take a look at some of the biggest threats that you may face in 2022.
Working From Home
When COVID-19 hit in early 2020 many businesses moved entirely to a remote workspace. This meant that thousands of employees were connecting to home networks that were not secure. Without protection from VDI’s or secure firewalls employees were virtually unprotected when working at home. While some companies have been fortunate enough to reopen and allow employees to work in the office, some businesses have decided that the work from home model may stick around. In fact, productivity has increased by about 47% when employees work from home. With decreased operating costs and increased productivity, it is no wonder that some companies are sticking with the WFH model. While working from home may be more convenient it may come with unique cyber risks you never could’ve anticipated. Expect to see a greater focus on at home security in 2022.
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum and NFT’s (non-fungible tokens) have skyrocketed in popularity over the last year. With these types of digital assets gaining legitimacy, it is only a matter of time before cyber criminals find a way to exploit them. Watching out for phishing scams related to buying or trading NFT’s and cryptocurrencies will be a necessity in 2022. Additionally, making sure that your assets are protected from hackers is a must. Make sure that wherever you trade or purchase NFT’s your account is secure.
In 2021 we saw critical infrastructure like the colonial pipeline become victims to ransomware attacks. Not only do attacks like these cost millions of dollars, but they can also halt everyday activities for individuals. What happens when a dam, electrical grid, or transportation network are breached? The results can be catastrophic for the American people. To fight the increase in ransomware attacks on the nation Biden signed an executive order outlining standardized regulations for government agencies in the event of a cyber-attack. With the government taking a serious stand against cybercrime it is important for all business to take a stand in protecting critical infrastructure that our country relies on.
Ransomware was the threat that defined 2021, from gas shortages to supply chain interruptions. In 2021 alone ransomware made up 10% of all breaches making it one of the largest threats to the nation’s security. With the increased focus on ransomware-as-a-service it looks like ransomware will become an even greater threat in 2022.
Your security shouldn’t take a backseat in 2022. Make sure that you and your business are prepared for the possibility of a cyberattack in the near future.
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