Cyber-security was once a consideration for IT teams only. However, the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022 found that 39% of UK businesses had experienced a cyber-security breach or cyber-attack in the past 12 months. With cyber-attacks increasing in frequency, organisations are now recognising the importance of a strong cyber-security culture across the workforce. One way to defend against cyber-attacks is to stay abreast of current trends; after all, cyber-security is a constantly evolving space.
The following are five cyber-security trends to monitor in 2023:
- Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities—IoT devices such as smart devices and voice assistants continue to grow in popularity. In fact, management consultant company Gartner predicts that 43 billion IoT devices will be circulating globally in 2023. Unfortunately, such devices can be used as gateways for cyber-criminals to access and compromise networks. Furthermore, IoT device manufacturers don’t always carry a security-first mindset. Although the government has enacted legislation to require smart device manufacturers to identify security weaknesses, it will remain vital to assess IoT vulnerabilities in 2023.
- The growth of artificial intelligence (AI)— With an increasing number of vulnerabilities for cyber-criminals to target it’s hard for organisations to predict where cyber-attacks will originate. AI tools can examine data in real time and recognise patterns indicative of cyber-threats. However, cyber-criminals are also utilising AI. For instance, AI algorithms can help hackers create a large number of personalised phishing emails. As such, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest AI methods to stay one step ahead of hackers.
- Remote cyber-security—Rapid implementation of remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic left many organisations exposed. Specifically, remote workers may have less secure internet connections, leave their devices unattended or be more easily fooled by spam messages. As a result, robust cyber-security policies for remote workers will be important in 2023.
- Organisational cyber-security culture— Organisations should continue their mission to disseminate cyber-security information to employees in 2023. To ingrain a strong cyber-security culture, basic security skills—such as understanding two-factor authentication and strong password control—should be taught across the workforce.
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