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5 Predictions for Cybersecurity in 2022

February 2022 3 min read

After the huge disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020/21, businesses are looking to get back on track in 2022 and start building for a better future. We have seen a huge shift in exactly how businesses are working and taking on a more digital approach, but not surprisingly, this digital-first approach has increased the risk of cyberattacks. How can we expect cybersecurity trends to change in 2022?

We’ve put together our top 5 predictions for cybersecurity in 2022. Read on to find out more.

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Data Availability vs. Data Security

Businesses will need to weigh the responsibility and requirements of retaining, managing, and securing any data collected. Making data available to your business can allow for quicker decision making and can aid with growth, although this doesn’t always mix well with your responsibility to keep data secure.

Opening silos of data so that it can be shared between applications is the dream, and the introduction of a Data Fabric (an architecture and set of data services that provide consistent capabilities across a choice of endpoints spanning hybrid multi-cloud environments) could help you make better use of data you already have – however, without the correct safeguards in place, you could end up with a bigger problem. It is important that organisations either invest in internal ability or engage consultancy to avoid pitfalls.

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Post-Pandemic Hybrid Working

Since the pandemic, there has been a huge rise in the number of people working from home, needing the rapid implementation of technology to allow as many people as possible to work remotely, but effectively and safely.

Many businesses have opted to continue with a remote working policy or have transitioned to a hybrid model. Meetings continue to be held via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and many in-person events are now partly virtual. Whether you see this as a valuable evolution or not, it looks like remote working is here to stay for the long term.

This movement to a more flexible working arrangement has led many businesses to move away from their legacy solutions to home working and start looking at how innovative technologies, such as zero-trust security models, can help improve the user experience while also improving security. Making critical systems available from anywhere in the world, 24/7, while keeping data secure against an ever-evolving cybersecurity threat, has become a full-time role. Organisations should look to security and infrastructure consulting to bridge these issues before they become problematic.

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Weak passwords need to become a thing of the past

We’ve not got time for weak passwords. They are a recipe for disaster and ultimately compromise your data and allow attackers easy access to your accounts.

We’re already seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) join the cyber criminal's toolkit to crack Face ID and get inside your mobile device, steal fingerprint authentication, and more. The more accounts we have, the harder it’s getting to remember all the different passwords without a password manager tool. Expect more convenient forms of authentication to be favoured this year and beyond.

Technical/Skill Debt

The huge changes in the way cloud-native applications are built and architected, along with the relative newcomer status of many of the technologies involved, have the potential to leave more technical debt than organisations may be used to handling. Combine these modern technology stacks with the existing skills shortage in cybersecurity, along with increased levels of staff movement, and you can very quickly find yourself in trouble.

Businesses will try to move as quickly as possible to take advantage of the innovative technology on offer to provide a better experience for their customers and employees, but this must be carefully balanced with auditing and consultancy to ensure it doesn’t cause issues in future and leave you with a workforce that doesn’t fully understand how to use and support the architecture you have built.

Cryptocurrency is here to stay

Cryptocurrencies are very much here to stay and will continue to disrupt the financial industry in 2022, but they will need to evolve to become a stable way of making transactions.

This year, we can expect more countries to look at how they can embrace cryptocurrencies, while also creating more stabilisation to help increase adoption rates.

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Interested in finding out more of our digital predictions for 2022? Download our free guide, the Guide to Digital in Membership 21/22 edition
here or get in touch with us at [email protected] if you fancy a chat about anything we’ve mentioned above.

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Written by Chris Gray Principal Consultant - Infrastructure and Security

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