Organizations must stay aware of potential cyber threats as we approach the new year and take the necessary precautions to protect their systems and data. With that in mind, here are ten cyber security threats to watch out for in 2023:
- Ransomware: Ransomware attacks have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, and we’ll likely continue to see this trend in 2023. Organizations should ensure they have a solid backup and disaster recovery plan, implement robust anti-malware software, and train employees to spot and avoid potential threats.
- Phishing: Phishing attacks are a common and persistent threat, and they’re likely to continue to evolve and become even more convincing in 2023. Organizations must educate employees on recognizing and avoiding phishing emails and implementing robust email filtering and authentication measures.
- Credential stuffing: Credential stuffing is a technique in which attackers use stolen credentials from one website to access other websites’ accounts. This attack can be mitigated by using strong, unique passwords, implementing multi-factor authentication, and monitoring for suspicious login attempts.
- Supply chain attacks: Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the supply chains of larger organizations to gain access to their systems and data. Organizations should ensure they have a comprehensive vendor risk management program, including due diligence and monitoring of third-party vendors.
- Internet of Things (IoT) attacks: As more devices become connected to the internet, the potential attack surface for cybercriminals increases. As a result, organizations should ensure they’re using strong passwords and encryption for IoT devices and monitoring and patching vulnerabilities as they’re identified.
- Insider threats: Insider threats remain a significant concern for organizations, as employees with access to sensitive data can pose a significant risk. Organizations should implement strong access controls, monitor for unusual activity, and provide regular security awareness training to employees.
- Zero-day vulnerabilities: Zero-day vulnerabilities are security flaws unknown to the software vendor and can be exploited by attackers before a patch is released. Organizations must stay current with the latest security patches and updates and implement robust intrusion detection and prevention systems.
- Advanced persistent threats (APTs): APTs are sophisticated and targeted attacks that can be difficult to detect and prevent. Organizations should implement strong access controls, monitoring, and anomaly detection to identify potential APTs and take appropriate action.
- Cloud security: As more organizations move their data and systems to the cloud, ensuring the security of those environments becomes increasingly essential. Organizations should ensure they’re using strong authentication and access controls and monitoring for potential threats and vulnerabilities.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) attacks: As AI becomes more prevalent in cybersecurity, attackers may use AI to develop new and more sophisticated attack methods. Organizations should stay aware of potential AI-related threats and implement robust security measures to protect against them.
In conclusion, by staying aware of these potential cyber security threats and taking the necessary precautions, organizations can help protect their systems and data from potential attacks in 2023. Therefore, it’s essential to implement a comprehensive security strategy, including employee training, access controls, monitoring, and disaster recovery planning.
John O’Neill Sr. rMVP