Updated September 28, 2022

When it comes to cybersecurity, expect the unexpected. Change is a constant in the cybersecurity landscape and it’s important to understand what these changes are and how they could impact your business. What cybersecurity trends are we keeping an eye on? Read on to find out. 

1. Hybrid Work Makes for a Larger Attack Footprint

The trend toward a more remote and distributed workforce isn’t going away. While there are many advantages and efficiencies to this work model, there are also many more potential points of vulnerability. Configuring your company for remote work increases security risks by expanding your security perimeter and creating a larger attack footprint. Access control and secure remote solutions become critically important. Many organizations have moved toward zero-trust solutions to better protect their environments. Companies will also need to perform more advanced security assessments to identify security faults and holes.

One way to do that is to conduct more adversarial simulations like performing a red-team penetration test from the perspective of an attacker that got access to a remote worker’s endpoint, either logically or physically. This allows companies to determine if they can detect malicious activities and see if an intruder could pivot and move laterally from the endpoint to more critical resources.

2. Ransomware is Everywhere

It’s easy to see the potential impacts of a ransomware attack—just turn on the news. From the Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods incidents, to the UK’s National Health System, to a state of emergency in Costa Rica, to casinos forced to temporarily close operations. And these are just the attacks that made headlines! Many ransomware attacks go unreported as the organizations either restore operations or pay the ransom. Until companies increase their security posture and address any existing poor cyber hygiene, they will continue to experience an increase in cyber events as they become more modern and sophisticated.

It is important to be prepared in the event of an attack, and you can start by asking yourself two mission-critical questions: Has your company evaluated its existing incident response protocols? How are you prepared to recover from an cyberattack?

3. How Cloud Computing Changes Security Needs

The way we work has changed. As more and more businesses shift away from on-premises into the cloud, there is more potential for security vulnerabilities, especially if the transition is not properly implemented or executed. Insecure S3 buckets and other storage misconfigurations, poor access management and control, insufficient logging and monitoring, and insecure APIs are among the vulnerabilities you should be careful of. It is important that organizations spend the time to evaluate the security of their cloud tenants (because cybercriminals certainly are!).

4. Shrinking IT and Information Security Staff and Budgets

It’s never been more challenging to fill an IT position. An increased need for qualified personnel combined with a skills gap in the workforce places a greater burden on existing IT teams which, due to resource constraints, often push security to the back burner—that is, until there is a security incident. To help ensure your security, it’s critical to establish relationships with trusted vendors to fill these gaps. There are certain IT functions that naturally are easier to outsource and security operations is one of these items, from monitoring to vulnerability scanning.

5. Increased Regulatory Requirements

Data privacy is a hot topic, and across industries we are seeing a higher focus placed on security requirements in the form of mandated security standards, an increase in the level of security assessments required, and more. An example from the gaming world, for example, is in Pennsylvania where the PGCB recently clarified their security guidelines and became one of the first states to require quarterly vulnerability scans be performed by the operators and submitted to the regulator. Is your company ready to meet regulatory requirements?

Don’t let the pace of change and increase in threat when it comes to cybersecurity overwhelm you. Yes, companies must remain vigilant and focused on cybersecurity solutions, but trusted cybersecurity vendors and partners are hear to help ease the burden and provide support.

If you found this blog helpful, we recommend you watch Gus’ video, Security Testing: What Most Are Doing Wrong and How to Fix It