COVID-19 considerably impacted the corporate work culture and how people approach digital security in the workplace. The pandemic also allowed cybercriminals to find new methods, approaches, and strategies to gain control of networks and steal data to demand a ransom.
So it’s no wonder that 2021 made the news for cyber-attack conflicts, emerging vulnerabilities, and threats, as the lack of cybersecurity capabilities threatened the survival of businesses.
The present threat landscape consists of explicit, tactical, and high-impact attacks that maximize the value of malicious activities. Here are the leading trends in cybersecurity for 2022 that can help you mitigate the risk of an attack.
Protection Against Hacked Credentials
Organizations are forced to pay millions in outrageous ransom demands and have their customers’ trust and reputations destroyed due to catastrophic data breaches caused by compromised credentials.
These systems must be protected against compromised credentials to ensure their long-term viability. Many companies are integrating cloud SSO services with their on-premises Active Directory environments. Whenever on-premises Active Directory accounts are compromised, any linked accounts are also put at risk.
Now is the right time to invest in methods to safeguard your active directory infrastructure against weak or hacked passwords and other potential threats. That is a reliable way to mitigate severe assaults and potentially avoid data breaches.
According to the IBM Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021, hacked credentials were the most prevalent first attack vector and took the longest to find. Moreover, they were also responsible for wasting the most significant amount of time.
Rise In The Use Of Multi-Factor Authentification
Cyberattacks are more sophisticated than ever, and passwords are no longer sufficient to safeguard against them. Multi-layered data protection is something that businesses must invest in. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) can help with it.
Before being granted access to confidential company information, employees must prove their identity using various devices in the MFA process.
Let’s take the scenario where a remote employee wants to use a personal computer to access their employee portal or the company’s file sharing service. Upon inputting their username and password on the computer, employees can have the company’s MFA set up to send an SMS to their mobile device. If a user does not supply the OTP, they will be locked out of the system and cannot reaccess it.
In this scenario, the cell phone number must be recorded and cannot be modified without the IT department’s clearance. Some businesses require their employees to use an authentication app installed on their cellphones, while others are increasingly utilizing voice multi-factor authentication as a security measure instead.
A multi-factor authentication (MFA) is far more secure than a simple password. In the future, businesses will be forced to use app authenticators like Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, and OneSpan Authenticator. Despite this, SMS and voice MFAs continue to be vulnerable to assaults because they aren’t end-to-end encrypted.
SASE – Cloud-Based Centralized Security Administration
While firms are undergoing a digital transformation, their IT departments increasingly rely on cloud services to secure their data and business apps. With the increased scope and complexity of cybersecurity management comes an increase in cyber risk for businesses and individuals.
In light of this development, safe access edge service emerges as the most crucial trend in cybersecurity for 2022. It allows your IT team to handle your company’s security needs from a single cloud platform with SASE.
SASE combines several cutting-edge networking and cybersecurity technologies under one centralized management interface. The following are three tools for securing your network:
- Protecting web and cloud traffic is the goal of Next-Gen Secure Web Gateway (NG SWG) (antivirus, web filtering, firewall, DLP)
- SaaS and IaaS apps from the business are secured using CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker)
- The ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) technology lets you manage connections between employees who have access to specific apps.
When moving your business to the cloud or managing a diverse workforce of remote workers, SASE is the appropriate solution since it provides data and application protection from one central control point.
You can efficiently create security standards for all your users and lower risk exposure by streamlining your infrastructure organization.
The SOC (Security Operation Center) serves as the command center of your Information Security (IS) infrastructure. Its primary function is to identify, alert, and provide a comprehensive report on any security breach.
Afterward, it must pass the incident onto the next team for a response, which can cause additional delays in treatment. In addition to being difficult to set up and maintain, SOCs come at a hefty price, even for large organizations, because they allow for an entirely customized approach to IT security.
However, we can see SOCs evolving beyond these traditional roles in 2022 to become more responsive and adaptable. This new SOC will be made available to more midsize businesses (those with more than 500 workstations), starting with the Desktop base and servers managed by EDR before moving on to other critical IS components (Proxy, Firewall, XDR, Mails, IPS).
The new generation SOC can respond automatically and immediately to more effectively stop malware propagation in the data system and its monitoring and detection capabilities. Companies who want to reap the benefits of perfect cybersecurity by 2022 must implement this technology immediately.
Endpoint Protection And Beyond
It’s becoming apparent that so-called “next-generation antivirus” (EPP) programs can’t keep up with the evolving threats. Hackers can now get around them even if they block phishing assaults and the majority of malware.
With Endpoint Protection & Response (EDR), you get the best of both worlds (servers, PCs, smartphones, tablets). It continuously watches and gathers device data as part of its “detection” component to identify attack attempts and exploit vulnerabilities.
It then analyzes this data in its “investigate” phase to identify security breaches. Finally, EDR transmits the data necessary to neutralize the threat and thwart any infection attempts.
Extended detection response, or XDR, is a logical progression from early detection response (EDR). XDR also monitors entry points such as the networks, cloud, email, and so on, in addition to enterprise endpoints. Companies will increasingly turn to this form of worldwide security in 2022.
The cyber-world is constantly evolving, with new and sophisticated risks appearing daily.
Many believe they are safe from cyber dangers, but nearly everyone is vulnerable. With the rise of new trends, there are always new ways to protect your organization from these threats.
One of the most crucial things you can do to guarantee your company’s security is to keep an eye out for any emerging cybersecurity trends. There are a variety of emerging trends, and you must explore them thoroughly to adopt the one that best meets your needs.
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