Top Cybersecurity Technology Forecasts for 2022
Several leading research agencies and tech organizations have revealed their cybersecurity predictions for 2022 and beyond.
In August 2021, Google announced it would invest $ 10 billion over the next five years to strengthen cybersecurity, including expanding zero trust programs, helping secure the software supply chain, and improving security. open source security.
Google also plans to train 100,000 Americans in areas such as IT support and data analysis, learning in-demand skills including privacy and data security.
Microsoft will invest $ 20 billion over five years to provide more advanced security tools, said CEO Satya Nadella.
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IDC, a leading research company, said 60% of CIOs will use multifactor authentication for its effectiveness as the essential minimum to counter growing cybersecurity threats by 2022.
60% of CIOs will collaborate to use ecosystem capabilities as a critical source of innovation, data sharing, differentiation and cybersecurity risk management by 2025, IDC said.
The size of the cybersecurity market is expected to reach $ 539.78 billion by 2030, up from $ 183.34 billion in 2020, according to a report published in ResearchAndMarkets.com.
Check Point Software Technologies recently released its cybersecurity forecast for 2022 detailing the key security challenges organizations will face over the next year. As cybercriminals continue to capitalize on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will also find new attack opportunities with deepfakes, cryptocurrency, mobile wallets and more.
“In 2021, cybercriminals have adapted their attack strategy to exploit vaccination mandates, elections and the shift to hybrid work, to target organizational supply chains and networks for maximum disruption,” said Maya Horowitz, vice president of research at Check Point Software.
Check Point Software’s cybersecurity forecast for 2022
In 2022, hackers will take advantage of bogus information campaigns such as disinformation about COVID-19 vaccination, fake vaccination passport certificates, the 2020 US presidential election, and more. – in order to execute phishing attacks and scams.
In addition, prior to the 2020 US Presidential Election, there was an increase in malicious election-related domains and the use of “meme cover-ups” to change public opinion. As the midterm elections in the United States approach in November 2022, these activities will return and trigger disinformation campaigns on social media.
Supply chain attackers make use of the lack of oversight in an organization’s environment. They can be used to perform all types of cyber attacks, like data breaches and malware infections. SolarWinds’ supply chain attack stands out in 2021 due to its scale and influence, but other sophisticated supply chain attacks have occurred such as Codecov in April.
The REvil ransomware gang exploited Kaseya, a software vendor for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), to infect more than 1,000 customers with ransomware. The group demanded a ransom of $ 70 million to provide decryption keys to all affected customers.
Supply chain attacks will become more common and governments will begin to establish regulations to deal with these attacks and protect networks. They will also consider working with the private sectors as well as with other countries to identify and target more threat groups operating globally and regionally.
In 2022, the impact of the infamous Sunburst attack will be revealed. While investigations are still ongoing, security researchers will unveil some of the bigger questions regarding the attack.
The cyber cold war is escalating and unfolding online as more and more nation state actors push Western governments to continue to destabilize society. Improved infrastructure and technological capabilities will allow terrorist groups and political activists to advance their agendas and carry out more sophisticated and widespread attacks.
There will be an increase in data breaches on a larger scale. These violations will have the potential to cost organizations and governments more to recover. In May 2021, the US insurance giant paid hackers $ 40 million in ransom.
46% of organizations had at least one employee downloading a malicious mobile app by 2021. The shift to remote working for almost entire populations around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic saw the mobile attack surface grow. expand dramatically, resulting in 97% of organizations facing mobile threats from multiple attack vectors.
There will be an increase in cryptocurrency-related attacks as mobile wallets and mobile payment platforms are used more frequently.
The move to the cloud and DevOps will mean a new form of botnet. With microservices becoming the primary method of application development and the microservices architecture adopted by cloud service providers (CSPs), attackers use vulnerabilities found in microservices to launch their attacks. There will be large scale attacks targeting CSPs.
Fake video or audio techniques are advanced enough to be militarized and used to create targeted content to manipulate opinions, stock prices or worse. A bank manager in the United Arab Emirates fell victim to the threatening actor’s scam. The hackers used AI voice cloning to trick the bank manager into transferring $ 35 million.
Ransomware will grow, despite law enforcement efforts to limit this growth. Threat actors will target companies that can afford to pay a ransom, and ransomware attacks will become more sophisticated in 2022. Hackers will increasingly use penetration tools to customize attacks in real time and for a living and work within victim networks.
Leading security firm nortonlifelock predicts that buying and selling cryptocurrency has become more accessible than ever for casual investors, who may be more susceptible to crooks looking to profit.
The Covid 19 pandemic has created an environment where remote and online transactions must be hosted and verified. Electronic identification – or eID – will become the new method for people to share their identity securely.
If the primary goal of cybercriminals is to make money, that can also be a form of protest. Hacktivism and cyberterrorism have proliferated in 2021 and are likely to continue, if not increase, over the next year.
Con artists have long profited from natural disasters, preying on the urgent financial needs of those directly affected and those seeking to support victims through donations.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming more accessible, and these tools will make it easier for cybercriminals to fuel their attacks, from sifting through large datasets to developing more attacks. personalized or create more compelling deepfake videos.
As consumers become more aware of online tracking, businesses and governments are introducing alternative options and privacy protections, as well as stricter legislation that restricts online tracking.