- 1. As attackers develop new techniques, defense methods will also evolve to counteract them
- 2. There will be an increase in software supply chain attacks
- 3. Organisations focus more on holistic security
- 4. Removal of unnecessary worker privileges
- 5. Increase in engagement based education and training
- 6. Newer technology empowering umbrella services to protect multiple endpoints
- 7. Simpler feedback and reporting
As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated. In this article, we will explore 7 cybersecurity predictions for the evolving threat landscape of 2023. From the rise of artificial intelligence-powered attacks to the growing importance of cloud security, these cybersecurity predictions offer a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that organisations will face in the coming year.
1. As attackers develop new techniques, defense methods will also evolve to counteract them
With a massive user base on online platforms and social media platforms, it does makes it easy for individuals to connect with each other but provides an easy access to attackers as well. There will be a massive increase in the social engineering attacks, and will continue to be the major reason for most of the breaches.
The working environment we’re experiencing in these times, the employees working remotely and in a hybrid environment majorly rely on digital communications through online platforms. The attackers will take advantage of the fact that their potential targets are easily accessible and more likely to fall. To step ahead of the attacking techniques, companies will evolve with their encryption, implementing zero-trust policies and improved multi-factor authentication to tackle the evolving social engineering attacks.
2. There will be an increase in software supply chain attacks
Software supply chain attacks are an increasing concern in the cybersecurity world. These types of attacks target the software development cycle, with the intent of introducing a malicious code into the final product code. These attacks can happen at any stage of the software development process such as from the initial development phase to the distribution of the software product.
The attackers will plan for more attacks that leads to hacking more of developers who’re involved in the software development process, infecting their product code with malicious code. Eventually leading to entire organisation and the client base getting infected.
3. Organisations focus more on holistic security
With this coming year 2023, organisations are expected to take a deeper look at their all assets whether in the physical or their digital environment. Asset discovery has been a major hurdle with ensuring security, knowing what exactly to secure before proceeding further.
A report in 2021 highlights that at least 69% of organisations have admitted to experience at least one cyber-attack that was initiated through the exploitation of an unknown or poorly managed internet-facing asset.
Organisations will have to review all their assets to ensure that each of their device complies with the security standards they have agreed upon. Moreover, Cloud security will be the centre of focus for most organisations as business operations have been relying on cloud infrastructure a lot more lately, a massive shift is noticed.
4. Removal of unnecessary worker privileges
The workforce for organisations are either remote, onsite or working in a hybrid environment. This leaves us with two options, the employees either work in a digital work environment or in a physical environment making it hard to keep track of them and their activity on their devices.
This is the reason most companies are expected to cut down with the unnecessary privileges given to their employees in 2023. The privileges need to be given that lets them carry out with their job responsibilities with reducing the risk associated with it.
The employees might perceive this as a punishment but it really is not. it’s important to understand that this is crucial in order to ensure security across the workforce level.
5. Increase in engagement based education and training
Organisations have started to realise that the hour-long videos that have no user interaction does no work while training their workforce on security issues and best practices. They know there has to be a better solution that provides with the educational content that can train their workforce in a more engaging method making they key points memorable. Undoubtedly human firewall is one of the best defenses against security threats, 2023 is expected to be more effective in training the organisation’s workforce in security issues.
The training content might be shortened, increasing user engagement that addresses the shrinking attention span of the users as well.
6. Newer technology empowering umbrella services to protect multiple endpoints
Umbrella services, a type of cybersecurity services that an additional layer of security for an organisation’s network and is usually a cloud-based solution.
With the newer emerging technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence enables such solutions to learn about a specific attack from one organisation and instantly protect all of the other organisations using the similar service.
For example, if a company experiences a social engineering attack through email and the email security provider notices this. The attack is not only blocked for this specific customer but the automated technology will enable them to block such similar attacks for all of their client base. Umbrella services like these will play a major role in providing security across multiple endpoints.
Similarly, Dropbox was hacked through a social engineering attack which led to hackers getting unauthorised access to their code repositories.
7. Simpler feedback and reporting
With this year, the feedback and reporting on security metrics will become simpler. Simplicity in such complex problems is all we’re thriving for, the organisations need to focus more on their business operations rather than being invested into other areas simultaneously.
The security service providers will make it easier and simple enough to report security metrics to their client base with innovative solutions that makes them aware of their position. Along with this, reporting security issues to the security teams are to be made simpler as well.
Not only with this scenario but the organisations will make it simpler for their employees to report a security issue to their security department immediately without involving complications, as it is the need of the time.
With these cybersecurity predictions made for 2023, we can conclude that the new year is full of opportunities. For attackers, they now have a greater attack surface to target with organisation evolving with newer technologies and their workforce adapting to newer working environments. Similarly, for organisations this year means for them to take a step back and evaluate their existing assets, assess their security standards and evolve with their defensive mechanisms as the attacking techniques evolve.
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