Friday, January 28

Developing immunity to the cyber pandemic will be the great challenge of 2022

Along with the beginning of the crisis created by Covid-19, a global cyber pandemic was unleashed. Given the complexity of threats and the increase in attacks on companies, it is important to adopt practices that seek a type of immunity to manage, resist and then be able to respond to attacks or interruptions.

“When the world was stopped by the pandemic, the attacks accelerated. Remote working and cryptocurrencies opened up new opportunities for cybercriminals to carry out their attacks, thus creating a cyber pandemic never seen before. For this reason, within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Information Security that will take place on November 30, we want to highlight the main trends and challenges that companies will face in 2022 ”, he says Eli Faskha, CEO of Secure Solutions

The global impact that this pandemic has had is represented by the 40% increase in weekly attacks on organizations in 2021, compared to 2020. Mainly, in Latin America social engineering techniques were used, increasing the attack surface; with main attention to corporate devices, the so-called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or the unsecured internet connections used by some remote employees.

That is why organizations, like all countries, are seeking immunity that allows them to face attacks and, according to the predictions made by Check Point experts, a partner of Safe Solutions, the risks that companies worldwide will face during 2022 are related to malware, privacy and cyber conflicts.

Among the main predictions can be rescued:

Fake News and disinformation campaigns are back: Misinformation campaigns about COVID-19 and vaccines were identified during 2021. In 2022 this trend will continue, with groups of cybercriminals taking advantage of this type of campaign to deploy phishing attacks and scams.

Attacks on supply chains: Attacks on supply chains will be on the rise, so governments will need to establish regulations to address these disruptions and protect networks. It is also estimated that they will seek to collaborate with the private sector, as well as other countries, to identify and target more threat groups operating on a global and regional scale.

The Cyber ​​“Cold War” intensifies: Improving infrastructure and technological capabilities will allow terrorist groups or political groups to launch and carry out more sophisticated or far-reaching attacks. These cyberattacks will increasingly be used as indirect conflicts to destabilize activities or economies globally.

Data breaches will be more expensive and on a larger scale: Starting in 2022 we will see an increase in data breaches, with greater frequency and scale. Such leaks will tend to be more expensive and more difficult for businesses and governments to recover. The ransoms demanded by the attackers are expected to increase in 2022.

Attacks on mobile devices increase: As more people use their devices as digital wallets and payment platforms, malware attacks on them will increase and cybercriminals will evolve their techniques to exploit the growing dependence on mobile devices.

Cryptocurrencies become a focal point for cyberattacks globally: When money is turned purely into software, the cyber security needed to protect against hackers stealing and manipulating bitcoins will change in unexpected ways. In 2022, it is expected to see an increase in attacks related to cryptocurrency wallets or users.

Cybercriminals will exploit vulnerabilities in microservicesDue to the microservices architecture adopted by cloud service providers (CSPs), cybercriminals are expected to use vulnerabilities to launch large-scale attacks.

Attackers will use technology deepfake as a weaponFake video or audio techniques are now advanced enough to be used to create targeted content that manipulates sentiment, stock prices, or worse. As in the case of other mobile attacks that are based on social engineering, the results of a phishing attack can range from fraud to the most advanced espionage. These attackers will use these types of deepfake social engineering methods to obtain permissions and access confidential data of companies, people, etc.

Penetration tools will continue to grow: globally in 2021, each week, 1 in 61 organizations was affected by ransomware. Ransomware will continue to grow, despite efforts by some governments to limit this growth. Criminals will target companies that can pay a ransom and ransomware attacks will become more sophisticated in 2022.