What Cybersecurity Threats Are Predicted for 2022?

We are firmly in the age of cyber-attacks and data breaches. Each year, it seems that cyber-criminals evolve their tactics, deploying more sophisticated forms of malware, crafting even more convincing social engineering attacks and leveraging new threat vectors. 

In 2022, we will undoubtedly see cyber-criminals up their game once more. SMBs need to be proactive in their defense. Research indicates that the average cost of a data breach for an SMB is a massive $3 million per incident. For many companies, that’s enough money to put them out of business. 

The top three security threats to be aware of this year 

It’s hard to defend your company from security threats if you don’t know what to look out for. So, here’s our take on the top cybersecurity threats you need to protect your company from in 2022. 

Before we dive into the list, we want to note that the best defense is always a holistic one. While there will be new security threats this year, many hackers will turn to old tried and tested methods to breach companies. 

Rather than focusing on defending your company from a few attacks, you should aim to make your defense as robust as possible from end-to-end while keeping up-to-date with the latest security solutions and patches for the best protection.

Supply chain attacks surge 

Last year, the IT software provider Kaseya suffered a cyber attack that impacted its partners and customers. In the attack, hackers breached Kaseya’s network and then moved laterally into the networks of companies the brand was connected to. 

This form of attack is known as a supply chain attack, and we will continue to see more of these hacks in 2022. These attacks spell bad news for SMBs. Even if you’re not targeted directly by a cyber attacker, you could end up becoming collateral damage in a supply chain attack. 

To defend against these attacks, you need to ensure that you adequately vet all suppliers before signing anything on the dotted line. As well as this, you need to make sure you have adequate anti-malware protection in place – along with a robust backups process.  

Hackers target remote workers 

We saw thousands of phishing emails and other social engineering attacks aimed specifically at remote workers during the pandemic. When people work from home, they are outside the protection of the typical network perimeter. Home security defenses tend to be less robust than corporate ones, which is why hackers target remote workers. 

As people continue to work from home this year, we’ll see hackers up their phishing tactics. Watch out for eerily realistic emails from supposed vendors, colleagues and partners – which are phishing attacks in disguise. 

While it’s impossible to stop all phishing emails from entering your employees’ inboxes, you can reduce the likelihood of your organization becoming a victim with a good anti-malware solution and security education. 

Ransomware-as-a-Service skyrockets 

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts all your data, holding it hostage until a ransom is paid to an untraceable wallet. Ransomware has caused havoc to businesses across the globe in the last few years – but things are about to get worse.

There’s a new trend called ransomware-as-a-service. It’s kind of like software-as-a-service, except with malicious intent. Essentially, hackers are now selling ready-to-go ransomware packages on the Dark Web, enabling anyone to launch a ransomware attack without having to write code.

You should do a few things to protect against ransomware, including deploying a good anti-malware solution and regularly backing up your data. 

The rise of outsourcing 

Reading this list of security threats is enough to make any business leader worried – especially if you consider yourself an SMB. There’s currently a severe shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the US. Plus, many SMBs don’t have the resources to hire a full-time IT security person. 

In response to the increase in cybersecurity threats, we are seeing more and more SMBs turn to outsourcing for their security and IT needs. Outsourcing gives you access to dedicated expertise at a fraction of the price of hiring someone full-time. 

A great security provider can help you to bolster your security posture and defend against the latest threats. As well as this, they can help you optimize your IT processes to improve your business output. In fact, three-quarters of SMBs say that outsourcing their IT helps them to get ahead of their competitors. 

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