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It’s incredible 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 many 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 and online scams, 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 an internet connection), hackings are reported more feverishly. According to anti-virus and computer security service providers, Kaspersky’s cyber attacks more than doubled in 2021. In other words, there were about 1.5 billion breaches between January and June this year. According to Avira, an antivirus software company, the most targeted devices are smart TVs and Bluetooth speakers.

The silver lining in this gloomy scenario is that many of these situations can be avoided. You’re equipping your gadgets with the latest patches to protect you from cyberattacks by keeping your devices up-to-date. You can also try creating a guest network within your home network and connecting all your devices to it.

Another solution is enabling multifactor authentication (MFA) for every single online account, especially ones storing sensitive information like payment data. Additionally, many (but not all) developers are including automatic updates in the devices they build, so enabling MFA 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 the year the government tightens its control over cybersecurity. Doing this 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, their 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?

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