2022 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch For

2022 Cybersecurity Trends Imagineering Eau Claire

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic, especially over the last two years. With the rise in remote work during the coronavirus pandemic, the number and complexity of cyberattacks has increased as well.

Imagineering is exploring the cybersecurity trends you and your business should be aware of in 2022.

Social Engineering

Ransomware will be a continuing threat in 2022, along with its counterpart, social engineering.

Social engineering has continued to grow more sophisticated. Today’s hackers mine social media accounts for personal information and pose as legitimate companies to try to break through to others.

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report listed social engineering as the #1 attack in 2021, stating: “85% of breaches involved the human element.”

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report listed social engineering as the #1 attack in 2021, stating: “85% of breaches involved the human element.”

That human element is the main reason many companies are vulnerable to ransomware. People are poorly trained in how to spot social engineering, and/or just not paying attention.

Read more: 3 Types & Threats of Social Engineering »

Proper Backups & Recovery

Good backups and a solid recovery plan are essential to your cybersecurity strategy in 2022.

As soon as ransomware becomes a threat to your company, your business can save millions of dollars by recovering from a clean data backup. Unfortunately, many companies don’t have adequate backup protocols in place.

Backing up large amounts of data takes time and planning. This leads some people to not back up their files daily, which creates an opportunity for vulnerability. Working with an IT company is a good way to create a plan, stay on top of backups, monitor networks, and keep cyber-vulnerabilities in check.

End-User Phishing Training

Another trend companies will need to continue to adjust to in 2022 is remote work. Remote work is a weak link in the cybersecurity realm that hackers will continue to exploit as it becomes the new normal. If a remote worker is hacked, that hack can spread into the corporate network.

The most effective use of dollars that companies can spend on remote workers is employee training. Humans are the weakest security link of a company, and that is why social engineering and ransomware are so effective.

End-user phishing training goes a long way in securing remote work. Phishing emails leverage human emotions to trigger a response, and hackers know this. From manipulation and influence, they deceive users into clicking, sending, or downloading something.

Utilizing end-user phishing training programs will train and test your employees to spot these threats in real-time and protect your business.

Keep your business and employees safe in 2022. Cybersecurity is constantly evolving, and it is important to work with an IT vendor that stays up-to-date on the latest threats.

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