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What you need to know about 2022’s cyber security trends

Hackers can expose your personal information or attempt to shut down your entire business operations as long as they think. The growing sophistication of attacks has led multiple companies to clamp down on cyber criminals. 

Keeping a close watch on emerging cybersecurity trends helps you know how they are reshaping IT security and internet privacy. The following are the top trends to know this year.

Attack surface expansion

Post-pandemic 60% of the employees are working remotely and nearly 18% of them are not willing to return to the office. The working style has changed with the greater usage of the public cloud, and widely connected supply chains. 

The use of cyber-physical systems has exposed a new challenging attack called ‘Surfaces’. This leaves businesses more vulnerable to attack. Security leaders must think beyond traditional approaches for security monitoring, detection, and response to manage a huge set of risks.

Phishing attacks

Presently, phishing attacks are the most pervasive security threat to the IT sector. Cybercriminals are opting for advanced ways to create phishing emails, business email compromise attacks (BEC), and malicious URLs that are prevalent on the internet. 

Reportedly, Google has witnessed nearly 18 million phishing emails and spam messages which are disguised as COVID-19 messages. Businesses must educate their employees on secure browsing habits and also enforce stringent authentication mandates. 

Cloud attacks

The decentralized nature of the cloud is beneficial for remote productivity. Thus the endpoint regulation must enable the companies to monitor user behavior and device parameters for the employees who log onto the cloud. 

Companies can curb ransomware and data theft attacks within enterprise clouds by involving resolute cloud security engineering tactics and sophisticated multi-cloud strategies. Businesses must inculcate strict multi-factor authentication. Also, supervision of every user activity and third-part log-in is essential. 

Insider attacks

Cyber-attacks instigated by the employees on the employer network have increased by 47% globally in the past 2 years. The attacks can adapt along these paths due to insider threats. 

According to reports, the users with ‘privileged’ access are a company’s greatest insider threat risk. Further, it necessitates the Zero Trust Network Architecture in the organization’s web activities. Almost 85% of global businesses aren’t yet prepared to mitigate insider threats. Businesses have to consider the real-time consequences of these attacks.

Businesses must focus on staying updated with the latest trends and practices in cyber security, implement them in their company’s operations, and constantly update them for prolonged cyber security resilience.

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