Big Cybersecurity trends 2022 | Cybercrime

12 Jan

4 big cybersecurity trends to watch out for in 2022

It’s a new year and a changed world – and in the cybersecurity world that means fresh challenges as we continue to keep our client’s safe in the cloud and keep our clients up to date and aware of all the latest security threats.

While we gear up for 2022, there are several big trends already taking shape in the field of online security.

From the ever-present threat of phishing attacks and ransomware to the increasingly online business environment brought about by the pandemic, it’s essential for businesses to be fully aware of the ever-growing threats. Here are four big trends to look out for this year.

1. artificial intelligence learnings

While the ever-increasing predictive powers of artificial intelligence and the adoption of this technology in financial services and fraud detection make AI incredibly useful, cybercriminals are also aware of the benefits of machine learning to evade cybersecurity. Many businesses are now using or at least testing AI as a tool in identifying and countering cybersecurity threats.

2. cybercrime is hitting SA hard

As if the pandemic and a country‘s political dramas weren’t enough, South Africa is waking up to a scary revelation when it comes to cybersecurity.

  • Traditionally, the kind of cybercrimes that affected companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia weren’t as common in South Africa – mostly due to the country’s slower adoption of e-commerce.
  • The past few years have seen a huge leap forward in SA when it comes to online business and that’s both a very good thing and an additional source of potential cybercrime.

Major data breaches at prominent SA companies, as well as several government departments, have brought home the message that 2022 needs to be the year when our cybersecurity preparedness catches up with our progress in e-commerce.

3. ransomware is our biggest enemy 

The UK and other foreign markets are being hit hard by ransomware attacks, and the hybrid work arrangements that are still common in SA mean that these attacks will only increase in 2022.

In the past, ransomware was typically deployed through phishing attacks which infects devices with a virus, locking files and threatening to destroy them unless a ransom is paid. More recently, a worrying trend has been direct infection via USB from people who have access to machines.

Vigilance, employee training and education, updated cyber security software, and secure data storage and cloud backup are all essential to battle this new and sneaky type of crime.

4. the IoT needs extra protection 

The Internet of Things – all the smart devices we now own and love – are also prime targets for hackers and cybercriminals.

As we move toward a fully integrated digital future, we’ll need to keep a close eye on our mobile and smart devices and ensure that they don’t become the weak link in our data security strategy.

a safe 2022 begins in the cloud

To start the year on a good note with your data security sorted, fully encrypted cloud storage is a great idea.

Our range of secure cloud storage is ideal for businesses and individuals alike.

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