As organisations become increasingly digital, adopting new technologies, applications and services, here are cybersecurity trends we can expect to see in the next 12 months:
More Security for Remote and Hybrid Workers
In 2023, we will see an increased effort in securing remote and hybrid workers as organizations decide on long-term in-office requirements. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, workers have migrated from cyber-secured offices to their home networks. Incidentally, this caused the risk of a cyber attack to increase, due to weaker networks, working in public spaces and the use of work devices by uneducated users who unintentionally let in bad actors.
Resilience security experts believe that 2023 will see a push toward educating remote or hybrid workers on the best cybersecurity practices and how to keep their devices safe.
Public/private sector cooperation on cyber security will strengthen
“Enhanced and streamlined government and industry partnerships should continue to be a priority for cybersecurity strategies in 2023, as threats can morph, especially with the emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G and eventually quantum computing.
“With large portions of technology and software owned and developed by the private sector but impacting governments and industries such as healthcare, they must partner on best practices and approaches to remediate risk and tackle how to defend against the growing cyber-attack surface. Frameworks and regulation alignment will become essential for collaboration between these entities to achieve meaningful and effective defence.”
Rebecca Harper, head of cyber security analysis, ISMS.online
Greater reliance on the cloud is exposing more risk for businesses
It’s indisputable that the world is now adopting cloud computing at an increasingly swift pace. In fact, many organisations across the UK are describing themselves as being “cloud-first” entities as they continue to prioritise the use and adoption of cloud-based offerings when looking to procure new technologies. While this is leading to increased efficiency, productivity and oftentimes, safety, for these organisations, the rapid adoption of cloud also brings with it a number of new security concerns, fueled in many cases by the lack of clarity in the responsibilities of implementing and maintaining security, when it comes to cloud deployments.
Over-reliance on the cloud without thought for the security of the applications and services on the cloud can leave business critical applications exposed to threats, especially as the severity of attacks on software supply chains – which target less secure elements within the supply chain – are likely to increase in the coming year.
SecOps and DevSecOps will become business critical in 2023 (if firms can embrace the cultural change that goes with it)
“The growth of APIs and application deployments means that in a software-driven world, security needs to be automated into application delivery processes using DevSecOps techniques. DevSecOps encourages developers to consider security principles and standards at the point they are creating the app, rather than afterwards.
“DevOps and DevSecOps are culture changes, not policy mandates. Organisations that shape the culture to produce the expected outputs will fare better in the upcoming cybersecurity challenges.”
Sammy Migues, principal scientist, Synopsys Software Integrity Group
Economic constraints breed new cybersecurity trends
Often the approach taken to protect business-critical applications by enterprises is a broad “defence-in-depth” security model whereby layers of technology are applied to protect critical systems. However, this approach does not give enough consideration to the security of each application itself, leaving enterprises exposed to attackers looking to take advantage of existing vulnerabilities.
Additionally, the current challenges of volatile and shrinking economies across the globe means that cybersecurity spending will need to be more curated and targeted in order to deal with growing (and increasingly sophisticated) threats. As such, organisations will be thinking more deeply about the cost of an attack and will look to improve their protection moving into 2023. Vulnerability management capabilities which are specifically designed to protect an organisation’s most business-critical assets and systems, will therefore play a vital role in cybersecurity strategy in the next year.
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