5 developing cyber security trends for 2022

Getting ahead of the curve and ensuring that your business is cyber secure has become increasingly more important. With the added challenges presented to businesses because of the Covid-19 pandemic and remote working, being cyber aware is now business critical.

Cyber Security

Getting ahead of the curve and ensuring that your business is cyber secure has become increasingly more important. With the added challenges presented to businesses because of the Covid-19 pandemic and remote working, being cyber aware is now business critical.

In 2021 lots of businesses were victims of some form of cyber security breach, and so unsurprisingly the cyber security trends predictions for 2022 are a stark representation of the times we live in.

So what can we as businesses do to ensure we get ahead of the cyber challenges that may face us all in the very near future? We can monitor the trends of course!

Take a look at these top 5 cyber security trends and predictions that your business needs to be aware of in 2022.

1. Increase in artificial intelligence & automation

Artificial intelligence for business can help detect patterns in fraudulent online behaviour and help protect your business by blocking anything out of the ordinary. This is excellent news for any online business Since cyber crime is on the rise. AI and automated business tools are becoming increasingly necessary for both SMEs and large corporations. This means that if you haven’t made an investment in to artificial intelligence then perhaps now is the time?

2. Bigger focus on data and identity security

People log in to their personal and professional systems multiple times a day, every day. We are a nation that relies on everything being at our fingertips, but the simple act of logging in to something online creates an immediate threat, so it’s not surprising that we are vulnerable to cyber attacks both in and outside of work. And now that more people are working from home or working remotely, it’s essential that we take our online safety seriously. This may mean businesses investing in systems to ensure that their critical and sensitive data stored on their systems is fully protected when employees are working remotely. Simple ways to do this would be to ensure that all employees login via remote secure servers, as well as the implementation of application-specific access policies.

3. Cloud attacks will continue

The increased demand for cloud computing is, again, owing to the volume of people now working remotely. The necessity to share data and allow seamless communication online puts lots of businesses at risk of a number of different cyber attacks, and one of the most targeted places online are cloud computing solutions. Ensuring that IT departments and staff are trained on best practises around maintaining cloud privacy will provide essential security for both office based and remote workers.

4. Phishing will continue to rise

Phishing scams rose during 2020-2021 as the pandemic saw more online employees than in previous years. Insecure home networks provide a breeding ground for cyber criminals who are skilled in finding loopholes in security and launching phishing attacks. These types of blatant attacks can consist of spoof emails containing links to login portals that trick users into thinking that they are logging in to secure applications, such as online credit card or banking web sites. Businesses need to look at their identity management policies and processes in 2022 and offer employees alternative, safer ways to work remotely to limit the opportunities for cyber criminals to attack.

5. Demand for cyber security expertise will increase

2022 will see a rise in businesses reaching out to cyber security professionals. Third party cyber security providers offer a range of cyber services from cyber awareness training to penetration testing and network or server audits. Reaching out to a provider to protect your business data and mitigate against cyber attacks is perhaps the smartest move you could make in 2022.

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