Top Cybersecurity Trends in 2022

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The cybersecurity landscape in Australia is constantly evolving, and what works today may not work tomorrow. Here are some of the top cybersecurity trends that experts believe are integral in 2022:

Expanding attack surface

The number of ways cybercriminals can access an organisation’s systems and data is constantly increasing. In 2022, digital trends like hybrid work environments and the growth of public cloud services will create even more opportunities for cybercriminals.

To combat these threats, organisations must proactively analyse the gaps in their current security framework and develop prevention strategies for every angle of attack. Since many users now access applications and services outside corporate networks, businesses should consider technologies that offer granular visibility and control. Examples include endpoint management software, user and entity behaviour analytics, and advanced firewalls. Cybersecurity experts can also help companies objectively assess security risks and implement the most effective mitigation strategies.

Identity threat detection and response (ITDR)

Companies increasingly rely on digital services requiring users to verify their identities to gain access to corporate systems and data. However, the problem is it paints a massive target on the infrastructure managing user accounts and identities, like Active Directory and system administration software. If hackers gain access to a company’s Active Directory account, they could disrupt the organisation and gain access to confidential information.

ITDR is a group of solutions designed to defend identity and access management systems against these threats. ITDR solutions include: 

  • Account event monitoring – detects suspicious account activities such as attempts to escalate access privileges reserved for executives and administrators
  • Privileged access management – reduces the risk of compromised privileged users and ensures that only authorised users have administrative privileges to company systems.
  • Multifactor authentication – secures accounts by requiring users to verify their identity with something they know (e.g., a password), something they have (e.g., a physical token or a smartphone), and something they are (e.g., fingerprint or facial ID) 
  • Identity governance and administration – automates managing users, their roles, and access privileges to company systems and data.

Supply chain risks

Digital supply chain risks have increased as organisations rely on third-party vendors to provide critical services and products. Cybercriminals can access sensitive information if the digital infrastructure and networks shared with supply chain partners are not adequately secured. Also, if the partners have poor data management practices, they may accidentally cause data leaks.

Companies can mitigate these risks by carefully vetting the vendors’ security controls and ensuring that these third parties follow industry best practices. Moreover, security teams should also monitor activity across the supply chain to quickly identify and respond to potential threats.

Vendor consolidation

Experts predict that the average enterprise will rely on the same vendor to deliver cybersecurity solutions to the organisation. This is because doing so reduces complexity in security administration. Solutions from different vendors often don’t integrate data seamlessly with each other, which can lead to security gaps. Plus, many companies don’t have the in-house expertise to integrate multiple best-in-class security software.  

With security vendor consolidation, enterprises can simplify their security infrastructure and enjoy streamlined features. In addition, data collected by consolidated security platforms can provide a more detailed network analysis. With this, companies can even take advantage of real-time threat intelligence and automated workflows to speed up threat detection and response. 

Holistic security culture change programmes

People are often considered the weakest link in cybersecurity because their mistakes could lead to full-blown security incidents. For instance, they could click on a malicious email attachment or use weak passwords. To address this, many organisations use security awareness training to instil better digital practices and habits in employees. 

However, training focused on merely spotting scams and strengthening passwords can only go far. Many companies now realise that engaging in security culture change programmes is necessary to instil good security behaviours and practices. Effective culture change programmes contextualise training materials to the individual learner to see how their actions impact security. These programmes also involve implementing real-world phishing simulations, gamifying training courses, and appointing role models to demonstrate sound security habits. 

Staying on top of the latest cybersecurity trends is essential for protecting your organisation against the ever-evolving threat landscape. If you would to improve your network security, email security, website security, or would like a security assessment, call us now.