Trend Micro expects positive development in the defense against cyber attacks

Trend Micro predicts that global companies will be more vigilant and better prepared for cyber attacks in 2022. The experts advise companies to take a comprehensive and proactive cloud-first approach to mitigating cyber risks. […]

Cybercriminals will try to take advantage of the large number of employees who continue to work from home. (c) Unsplash

The researchers at Trend Micro expect that in 2022, threat actors will focus on using ransomware to attack data center and cloud workloads as well as particularly vulnerable services. In this way, they will try to take advantage of the large number of employees who continue to work from their home office. According to the study, vulnerabilities are used as a weapon in record time and combined with privilege escalation bugs in order to carry out successful attacks in this way.

Internet of Things (IoT) systems, global supply chains, cloud environments and DevOps functions are clearly on the radar of cybercriminals in 2022. In addition, common malware programs are becoming more sophisticated and are particularly targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, Trend Micro also assumes that many companies will prepare themselves well for these challenges. Based on the following recommendations, you can develop and implement a strategy for proactive mitigation of new risks:

  • Consistent server hardening and application control policies to combat ransomware attacks
  • Risk-based patching and high alertness when detecting security gaps
  • Improved basic protection for cloud-centric SMEs
  • Network monitoring for more transparency in IoT environments
  • Zero-Trust philosophy for securing international supply chains
  • Cloud security with a focus on DevOps risks and using industry best practices
  • Extended Detection and Response (XDR) for detecting attacks across entire networks

“The past few years have been hard for cybersecurity teams: Due to the large-scale conversion to the home office, many were faced with the challenge that the attack surface of their company was getting bigger and more complex,” explains Richard Werner, Business Consultant at Trend Micro. “However, with the establishment of hybrid forms of work and the return to more planning security in day-to-day business, it will be possible for security managers to develop a reliable strategy to close security gaps and make it more difficult for cybercriminals to work.“

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