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Cyberattacks across all industries increased by 28% in the third quarter of 2022, with the healthcare and education sectors being the groups targeted the most. What should we expect to come in 2023? New regulations? More attacks? As the internet continues to evolve, we will likely see changes coming that differ from your typical phishing or ransomware attack.It’s important to start thinking about the cybersecurity solutions that will be necessary to protect your business or organization. With the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that your defenses are up to the task.
So what should you watch out for in 2023?
Virtually every business in today’s digital world operates online. As cyber threats become an increasing problem for companies of every shape and size, it’s going to be imperative that employees are properly trained in how to spot threats. Your employees are often the first line of defense against cyber threats, so it’s important to educate them on best practices for keeping your business safe. Consider implementing cybersecurity training programs and regularly reminding employees of the importance of strong passwords and other security measures.
After all, internal vulnerabilities (e.g. unsuspecting or careless employees) are one of the biggest contributors to data breaches. In fact, a 2019 report concluded that “your weakest link is your own employees” after finding them to be responsible for up to 50% of company data breaches.
Many cybersecurity companies already offer solutions tailored toward educating employees. Proper cyber education should help staff members navigate modern technology, spot threats, and show them what to avoid (e.g. questionable links).
The Internet of Things is responsible for bringing some incredible things to life. Smart watches, smart doorbells, wireless cameras, and even AI assistants like Amazon Alexa. Unfortunately devices like these are becoming targets to get entry into secure networks.
Hackers love targeting these devices because companies often don’t take the necessary steps to secure them. While your computer may have a firewall, anti-virus, and other software to protect it, these smart devices can be left without much security at all. Not only can a hacker access the smart device and its data, but it could also potentially be used to gain entry into your network and other devices.
In 2023, we can expect to see new government regulations to help combat the newest cyber threats. This will likely come in the form of new laws, additional cyber defense personnel to offer cybersecurity solutions, and security mandates by design.
The Singapore government has set up a ransomware attack force to help deter threats from reaching businesses. It’s likely that other government entities around the globe will follow in the country’s footsteps to keep businesses protected.
On the note of security by design, the automotive industry has begun introducing new practices to keep vehicle owners protected. Like the Singapore example, other industries will use the automotive industry as an example to protect consumers.
The Head of Threat Management at Check Point Software, Dan Wiley, has predicted, “Like we’ve seen with the auto industry, policymakers will act to protect their constituents with legislation holding makers accountable for software defects that create cyber vulnerabilities. In turn, this will put the onus on software vendors to build-in security validations.”
In 2023, cybersecurity solutions will be more critical than ever. Attacks from hackers will happen more often and come from new directions. On top of that, expect new government regulations. Partnering with a small business IT support company is your best choice to stay safe.
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