Biggest Threats For CISO’s in 2022
2021 marked a historic year for cyber attacks in the U.S. which has prompted the federal government and other agencies to start taking security more seriously. However, this isn’t just a government issue. Every company can do their part in securing private businesses and the nation as a whole. Read below to learn about some of the challenges Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) will have to tackle in 2022.
Supply Chain Attacks
A good amount of security breaches may not even come from within your organization, but rather from another organization in your supply chain. In 2021 we saw two of the biggest supply chain attacks in both Kaseya and Solarwinds. These types of attacks will only increase in 2022 and beyond so make sure that the organizations you partner with take security as seriously as you do. Just because you secure doesn’t mean that criminals can’t get to you through other means.
Ransomware can be one of the biggest threats to your organization. Not only does it cost you financially, but it also can ruin your reputation and cost days of downtime. Think back to early 2021 when Colonial Pipeline was hit with a ransomware attack. Not only did they have to shell out millions of dollars, but they also had to completely shut down leaving thousands without gas. In 2021 roughly 68.5% of cyber attacks were caused by ransomware. Make sure you don’t contribute to that statistic in 2022.
Working From Home
In 2020 thousands of employees were forced to work from home in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. While some business have begun to phase back to in person some businesses are adopting the WFH model more permanently. Some studies show that working from home can increase productivity up to 47%. In addition to increased productivity working from home also can save money in the long term. Because of this many businesses will continue to work from home after the pandemic. However, without the protection of VDI’s or firewalls employees working from home are no where near as secure. CISO’s will have to work harder to create a cybersecurity plan for their office and their employees working from home.
Social engineering will always be a threat to your organization. If hackers can’t force their way into your system they will try other, more manipulative means. Your employees may receive emails asking them to click on a malicious link or hand over confidential information. Make sure your employees know how to identify phishing attempts through extensive security awareness training. Additionally, you can set up email authentication on your network to try and stop phishing attempts before they even hit your inbox.
Often times cyber-attack may not even come from the U.S. There are multiple foreign entities that seek to attack the nations through private organizations. Because of this both the government and private organizations need to work together in order to combat hacker groups such as REvil, the group behind the Kaseya attack. Make sure that if you are a government contractor you are compliant with the regulations that protect the countries private data.
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