Cybersecurity 2022: More Fraud, More Fakes, More Crypto Scams!
While the covid-19 pandemic upended workplaces and ushered in rapid digital transformation, the turmoil around cybercrime has remained constant: attackers are always changing tactics to evade detection. Flexible, customer-first solutions have emerged to meet ever-changing circumstances to keep organizations secure and confident against cyber threats.
In the new year and beyond, as technology and workplace trends evolve and laws and regulations change, cybersecurity forecasts are emerging.
Cyber Security Predictions for 2022 and Beyond” projects trends based on insights from leaders and experts around the globe to assess the evolving cyber environment and the security threats it faces. From ransomware to deepfakes to analyzing the security of IoT devices, these predictions are based on existing trends and incorporate the behavior of attackers and changing technological innovations.
Ransomware threats will continue to grow unless governments and technological innovations can significantly change the cost-benefit calculation for attackers, as the crime is simply too lucrative. These kinds of attacks are also expected to rise in critical industries where paying cyber criminals is imperative to protect health and safety.
New tactics are expected from attackers as they become more business savvy and anticipate counter-negotiation strategies.
Further, there is an anticipated increase in conflict among bad actors within ransomware-as-a-service operations, affecting how victims and organizations think about making ransom payments.
The US government has placed sanctions on suspected threat actors in an effort to curb ransomware attacks. However, this approach to stop organizations from paying money to extortionists can cause negative recourse for victims.
Deepfakes are another threat that have been used to facilitate business email compromise (BEC) fraud, bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA) protocols and know your customer (KYC) ID verification, and will be increasingly used in 2022 and beyond.
As organizations continue to rely on cloud and cloud-hosted third-party providers, those third parties face mounting pressure to maintain availability and security. The growth of cloud adoption through 2022 will coincide with the increase of cloud compromise and abuse.
The outlook on incoming threats in 2022 appears grim as ransomware actors become more aggressive and adept at dodging defenders’ tactics and negotiations. Attacks are likely to become more elaborate and lucrative for cyber extortionists. While government agencies are looking to mitigate the ransomware-as-a-service business, there could be negative outcomes for organizations.
The compounding threats of ransomware, deepfakes, and aggressive tactics from international nation-states may be daunting for organizations, but remaining vigilant on cyber defense technologies can keep them secure.