It’s amazing how much a virus can rock the foundation of the entire globe, leaving no industry left unturned. While there are a lot of uncertainties about what 2022 holds for us, you can rest assured that there are definitely a lot of fun things in store.
We could all use good news anywhere we could get it and, quite honestly, I want this article to be a reminder that beyond everything in the news about ransomware this and online scams that, there are about to be a lot of exciting things in our future.
Increase in AI Usage
One notable trend is the increased use of the predictive powers of artificial intelligence (AI) to counteract cybercrime. AI is often used in banking systems, to name one example, to cope with thousands of events per second and alert for suspicious activity, like fraud detection. The longer it’s in place, the more advanced its machine learning capabilities become.
Accessible IoT Security Hardening
When it comes to IoT devices (a.k.a. any device that requires internet connection), hackings are being reported more feverishly. According to anti-virus and computer security service provider Kaspersky, cyberattacks more than doubled in 2021. In other words, there were about 1.5 billion breaches between January and June of this year. The most targeted devices are smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers, according to Avira, an antivirus software company.
The silver lining in this gloomy scenario is that a lot of these situations can be totally avoided. By keeping your devices up-to-date, you’re equipping your gadgets with the latest patches meant to protect you from cyberattacks. You can also try creating a guest network within your home network and connect all of your devices to it.
Another solution is enabling multifactor authentication (MFA) for every single online account you have, especially ones that store sensitive information like payment data. Additionally, many (but not all) developers are including automatic updates in the devices they build, so enabling that will save you from a lot of potential problems down the road.
Government to Enforce Industry Regulations
Some more good news: according to Security Magazine, 2022 is set to be the year the government tightens its control over cybersecurity. By doing this, they will elevate the security posture while only affecting the companies who aren’t already practicing these changes (which most should already be). The new level of standardized security in this industry will bring every company in compliance to the level of being highly secure, which works out great for the companies, its employees, and consumers.
I could go on about the issues we’re facing in cybersecurity. At some point, they stop becoming trends and start being the standard. It’s always important to take a step back and realize that, yes, we should be wary of hackers, ransomware, and scams (oh my!), but there are so many great things come next year that’ll make being cyber smart much easier.
What do you think about breaking them out with headlines?