How to Boost Your Cyber Security in 2022
The security landscape has continued to experience significant change over the last year. Cyber threats have increased both in volume and sophistication, putting organizations of all sizes at risk for a breach. Mindcore understands the importance of safeguarding people and businesses in this environment and the commitment it takes to do so. Our cyber security experts work diligently to ensure that you have the tools and resources necessary to succeed. So is your company prepared to tackle cyber security challenges in 2022? Below we’ve discussed areas to focus on over the next 12 months to bring your security to the next level.
Top 5 cyber security challenges
Microsoft runs research with security leaders every six months with their priorities and concerns. The top five challenges, as reported by survey takers, include:
- Managing the increased risk of ransomware and cyber-extortion
- Ensuring cloud resources, workloads, and apps are securely configured
- Gaps in protection across hybrid, multi-cloud, and multi-platform environments
- Challenge recruiting qualified security professionals
- Enabling end-user productivity without compromising security
Addressing Ransomware is Number One, Followed by Cloud Security
Managing the risk of ransomware and cyber extortion was by far the biggest challenge faced by organizations this past year. According to the 2021 Ransomware Survey Report by Fortinet, ransomware grew by 1,070% between July 2020 and June 2021. Additionally, Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) found that cybercrime supply chains are consolidating and maturing — individual cyber criminals no longer have to develop their own tools. Instead, they can buy cybercrime kits and services to incorporate into their campaigns. Because of this, threat actors have access to better tools and automation to enable scalability and reduce costs.
The Covid-19 pandemic and shift to remote work have also pushed cloud security to the forefront. Cloud computing has become a standard practice for businesses looking to improve efficiency, performance, and collaboration — among other factors. As noted by 28% of respondents, organizations are tasked with ensuring that cloud resources, workloads, and applications are securely configured.
Investment Priorities for 2022
As part of its research, Microsoft outlines the key areas that decision-makers are interested in investing in for 2022. In order of importance, these are:
- Cloud security (NET: CSPM + CASB + CWPP)
- Data security
- Vulnerability assessment/management
- Application security (DevSecOps)
- Cloud-based network security
- Cloud security posture management (CSPM)
- Cloud access security broker (CASB)
- Cloud workload protection platform (CWPP)
Following cloud and data security, businesses should consider vulnerability assessment and management as a top priority. Microsoft is also seeing growing interest in emerging technologies, such as extended detection and response (XDR), IoT and operational technology (OT) security, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions.
Security Topics of Interest for 2022
To mitigate security risks now and in the future, organizations should seek to improve prevention capabilities of the highest-growth threat vectors, including cloud security, access management, cloud workloads, hybrid work, and ransomware. A Zero Trust strategy is very helpful in prioritizing and addressing prevention-focused investments. Zero Trust architecture is designed to prevent an attacker’s ability to move laterally in several ways, such as:
- Shutting down legacy authentication methods
- Providing secure access to resources using multi-factor authentication (MFA)
- Implementing risk-based access controls
- Utilizing posture management tools to identify and remediate vulnerabilities in cloud resources
By executing a Zero Trust strategy, organizations can safely and effectively embrace a hybrid work model and protect employees, devices, apps, and data from anywhere at any time.
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Matt Rosenthal is a technology and business strategist as well as the President of Mindcore, the leading IT solutions provider in New Jersey. Mindcore offers a broad portfolio of IT services and solutions tailored to help businesses take back control of their technology, streamline their business and outperform their competition.Follow Matt on Social Media