Cyber Security 2022

Recently, Palo Alto Networks released a small outlook on cybersecurity for the New Year. […]

IT is evolving faster than industry best practices. (c) Unsplash

The ransomware problem is evolving on several levels: CISOs need to make their executives aware of the changing ransomware tactics and the impact that attacks can have on the company.

Companies want their data back: Companies will start to search their data on the Dark Web and ask those actors who benefit from it to delete the stolen data.

Globalization vs. Localization in terms of data protection: Cloud infrastructures will continue to be divided along geopolitical borders, which means that experts in law and compliance are more in demand than cybersecurity teams.

Farewell to passwords: Passwordless authentication is on the rise. Companies are trying to limit the risks arising from the explosive increase in the number of credentials that each user has for various SaaS and cloud platforms.

The compromised home: The weaker protected home networks in combination with relaxed security controls to enable hybrid working will lead to hackers settling into home environments in 2022.

Training in the field of cybersecurity must evolve with the new working habits: training in the field of cybersecurity must be designed for the long term and based on good design principles for an agile world. Safety instructions about what not to click on are a decade old. We are all part of digital innovation, so the training must focus on developing strong basic principles for the secure exchange of information.

Cyber Hygiene: IT is evolving faster than industry best practices. New guidelines are taking shape and regulations will be updated again and again. Companies that think tactically here lag behind the standards. CISOs need a strategic mindset and the support of senior management to stay ahead.

Dropping Old cybersecurity Habits: We can only do more if we have fewer legacy issues. A certain security function may have proven itself once, but the “good old days” are now over. Security teams can’t keep up with current demands if they are constrained by yesterday’s technology.

Zero Trust Enterprise is becoming the security standard: never trust, always check. We live in a world of instant satisfaction of needs. So it is to be expected that some security managers are looking for a quick zero trust solution. In addition, many have not yet understood that zero trust is a strategy – and not a product or project.

Current figures

  • According to Unit 42, average ransomware claims increased by 518 percent and average ransomware payments increased by 82 percent.
  • 69,000 records were leaked after the hack of London-based diamond specialist Graff, but that was only one percent of the total stolen records.
  • Gartner predicts that 90 percent of midsize and 60 percent of global enterprises will switch to passwordless authentication methods by 2022.
  • According to Palo Alto Networks’ Connected Enterprise 2021 report, only 45 percent of companies have an overview of the devices of remote employees connected to their network.

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