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Why remote culture has increased the need for cybersecurity?

Remote work is now a standard option for most professionals, but the rising popularity of work from anywhere has driven a corresponding rise in cybersecurity incidents.

Remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic drove a 238% increase in cyber attacks, according to a March 2022 report by Alliance Virtual Offices, which provides services to the remote workforce. And Gartner’s “7 top trends in cybersecurity for 2022” called the expansion of the attack surface that came with remote work and the increasing use of public cloud a major area of cybersecurity concern. Trends such as these have made security improvements for remote employees and risk-based vulnerability management the “most urgent projects” in 2022 for 78% of CISOs surveyed by security software provider Lumu Technologies.

Let us discuss some of the upcoming trends in the cybersecurity domain for the year 2023:

Changes to the cybersecurity workforce

First and foremost, the demand for security professionals has definitely increased exponentially over the past couple of years. 

  • There’s a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals, so you can expect to see more security specialists and fewer generalists.
  • Heightened(or Higher) Focus on technical abilities, compared to before when leadership and management were prioritized over technical proficiency.

Growing connection between adaptive security architecture and endpoint devices.

As the number of connected devices increases, it is difficult to manage them. This can be especially true regarding the endpoint and edge devices connected via networked infrastructure and generating massive amounts of data.

Organizations must have an intelligent system that can detect or prevent potential threats in order to act quickly and wisely. They need tools that allow swift action to stop threats before they harm their network, without having to shut down the entire system due to one infected device (which could take days).

What are some of the articles/solutions that they should look at?

Zero trust model.

The zero trust model is the latest security trend to be introduced into the cybersecurity world. This model treats users, devices, and resources as untrusted. A zero-trust model requires a more granular approach to security than previous approaches. Still, it can also be used in various applications such as

  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

AIOps to manage security operations.

The AIOps platform is a software platform that uses machine learning, AI, and big data to automate security operations. It can help with threat hunting, incident response, and cyber forensics.

AIOps help organizations to detect threats more quickly than they could before. This will help them respond faster when a security incident occurs so they can take action to prevent further damage or loss of data beyond what was caused by the initial attack.

XDR (Extended detection and response) will become mainstream.

XDR is a hybrid approach that combines the best of both worlds. It combines traditional NIDS and NIPS with AI to detect threats and automatically respond to them.

XDR uses machine learning to identify malicious activity and automatically responds by blocking it before it can disrupt your network. This is beneficial, allowing for swift response without manual labor, allowing for more focus on the core of the business rather than security matters.

More sophisticated threat intelligence.

Threat intelligence is collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about cyber threats. Gaining insight into your network’s data assists in defending against malicious actors.

The importance of threat intelligence has grown over time as attacks have become more sophisticated. Additionally, many new threats are emerging every day around the world. So companies everywhere need to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in this space to protect themselves from becoming victims!

Adaptive authentication to integrate AI into authentication policies.

AI is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance the user experience and security. By using AI, companies can improve their authentication process by scanning data and identifying anomalies to identify users trying to access protected areas of their network without authorization. This will allow for more accurate identification of potential threats and reduce false positives that may otherwise result from traditional methods such as facial recognition technology or voice printing software.*

Microsegmentation will take off.

Microsegmentation secures networks by dividing them into smaller, more manageable segments that can be assigned different security requirements and policies. It can be done at the network level or at the host level. Microsegmentation can also be done using virtualization, containerization, and software-defined networking (SDN).

AI-driven cyberattacks.

The next generation of malware will be created by artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning techniques. These new attacks will be more challenging to detect because they will have no human fingerprints or signatures associated with them.

AI can also be used in a defensive capacity; for example, it can analyze large amounts of data to identify patterns that indicate an attack is underway. It can then automatically block traffic and remove infected computers from networks before any damage has been done (or even noticed).

AI cyberattacks are harder to spot than traditional ones because they function internally, not online. They will likely improve, so intrusion detection systems, which detect suspicious activities without knowing the source, are essential.

Automated attack remediation

Automated attack remediation is a new approach to security that provides automatic threat detection and mitigation.You can concentrate on your main tasks, while the system detects and eliminates any potential harm.

The benefits of automated attack remediation include the following:

  • Saving time and money by removing manual processes from your organization’s infrastructure.
  • Reducing risk by immediately responding to attacks with minimal human involvement to avoid critical impacts on operations or reputation.

Advanced threat hunting

Threat hunting is integral to cybersecurity, especially for organizations hit by a cyberattack. It uses tools and techniques to find and stop cyberattacks before they get too far along their life cycle. The term “threat hunter” has been around since the early 2000s, but security professionals only recently embraced it as a legitimate role within their organizations.

Threat hunters utilize threat intelligence to identify threats before they can cause harm, and collaborate with other teams (i.e. IT or legal) to decide the most effective course of action when a threat is uncovered. A good example of this type of collaboration is when Microsoft released its latest Windows version following reports that hackers were targeting users running older versions of OS X (OS X 11).

Updated ICS security 

The ICS security landscape is transforming. ICS will add more security features to make it more sophisticated and proactive. It will also become more automated, integrated with other systems and technologies, and adaptive based on user activity patterns.

These changes result in your cybersecurity posture needing to evolve if you want to remain competitive in this new world order.

IoT devices are more secure by default.

The IoT has been around for a while, but it’s only recently that we’ve seen the rise of more secure devices. This is because IoT devices are more accessible to secure than traditional ones and are becoming more so because of their design and deployment.

For example, in the past, hackers would need physical access to your device or an internal network connection before gaining control. But now, with the rise of cloud-based services such as AWS, hackers don’t even have access points to install malware on your device. They simply hack into AWS servers instead and then use them for their own purposes!

Development of more advanced anti-malware programs

In the following year, we will see more advanced anti-malware programs being developed. This is because there is a need for these types of programs as cyberattacks have become more common, and companies are adopting more AI technology to prevent them.

Security is an integral part of business strategy for all companies, big or small.

Security is an integral part of business strategy for all companies, big or small. Whether a large enterprise or a small startup, your data can be valuable to hackers and other threat actors.

Small businesses can benefit from security practices and learn from their larger counterparts while keeping costs down by implementing more cost-effective solutions tailored to their needs and budget constraints.

Security is not just about protecting your customers’ information. It is also about protecting yourself from criminals who want to steal data from your network or server room (or both!).

Conclusion

Cybersecurity isn’t going away, but it will continue to evolve. It will continue to be a key component of business strategy. Cybersecurity is a permanent necessity for any contemporary business, regardless of whether you possess delicate details or interact with customers on social media.

As we move into the new year, we must understand how cybersecurity evolves and what trends will likely occur next year (and beyond). 

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