One of the most important things to remember about internet security is that things are changing all the time. We work hard to stay on top of trends, so that we can keep you updated on risks to watch for and solutions you should implement.

As we move into a new year, Forbes has released a list of five cybersecurity trends emerging in 2022. As they stated, “Homeworking, the ongoing digitization of society, and the increasingly online nature of our lives mean opportunities about for phishers, hackers, scammers, and extortionists. As we head into 2022, there is, unfortunately, no sign of this letting up. This is why it’s essential for individuals and businesses to be aware of the ever-growing avenues of attack as well as what can be done to mitigate the risks!”

So, what are those trends, and what can you do to mitigate them?

AI-powered cybersecurity. More and more companies are adopting AI-powered cybersecurity measures, which are really the only way to monitor large systems with thousands of events taking place every second of the day. But of course, that means cyber criminals will (and already have) adapt their methods to include machine-powered learning to trick or bypass these systems. That only makes AI-powered cybersecurity even more important to combat increasingly high-tech hackers.

Ransomware. Viruses that first infect systems and then lock up your data have been around for years. Aside from simply destroying your data if the ransom is not paid, ransomware hackers might also threaten to expose sensitive files to the public. Ransomware can enter a system via phishing emails, or even via USB devices. That’s why employee education remains the most important protection you can implement against this type of attack.

The Internet of Things. Each device connected to a network serves as a potential entry point for hackers to infiltrate. Education, awareness, and regular audits of each device used by the company or attached to its network are key to protecting everyone.

Risk and exposure as a key factor in partnership decisions. In a trend that mirrors the pandemic, organizations are increasingly aware of the risks inherent to their associations with others. After all, anything that infects one organization can spread to those with whom they have digital connections. So it’s no wonder that companies are increasingly using cybersecurity vulerability as a primary determining factor when deciding to do business with another organization.

Regulation catching up with risk. With the cost of cybercrime to reach $6 trillion this year, it’s no wonder that government agencies are working to beef up regulations. Cyber criminals have stayed ahead of the curve so far, due to rapidly developing technology. But regulation is starting to catch up as we all realize the importance of addressing risks.

On that note, give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH if you have questions about emerging cybersecurity trends. Some of the above items are actually good news, but that doesn’t mean we can slack off now.