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Emerging Cybersecurity Trends for the New Year

by | Dec 29, 2021 | MyTek Blog, Security

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Businesses should always prioritize security and how they are going to go about securing their infrastructure, network and data from the numerous threats they might face. Today, we’re going to be talking about how to prevent cybersecurity threats and three of the most crucial issues you might face.

The Increasing Severity of Ransomware

Although ransomware isn’t new, it’s increased in severity a lot over the past few years. In 2021, there were about three-quarters of a billion attempted ransomware attacks and over 100 different strains of it throughout the world. And it’s still growing. It was said that there were three times as many ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2021 than in the entirety of 2019. 

Ransomware is often deployed through phishing attacks, which is a social engineering tactic that allows hackers and scammers to avoid needing ant encryption or high-powered technology. All they need to do is trick the person into allowing them access to their network. This is often done through extortion.

Ransomware can only be prevented by a team that knows what to look for, so they are not falling into any tricks. 

Establishment of Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity

2022 is the year that you’ll be seeing more Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is often used to make the workday easier by automating simple tasks. For cybersecurity, AI has a predictive power that can be used to our advantage. It only takes one slip up by an infiltrator for it to be caught by an AI. Technology has changed so much in the past five years and has gone from being something people weren’t so sure about to be a staple in technology.

Shifts in Regulation

When it comes to individual data privacy, there have been major shifts in the last couple of years. In the EU (GDPR) and some U.S. states, there has been some legislation aimed to help people keep ownership of their own data.

When almost $6 trillion was stolen by hackers in 2021, lawmakers have to start paying attention. Over this next year, you might see increased penalties for those who are convicted of cybercrime, along with regulations designed to keep the losses at bay, and perhaps even laws designed to keep organizations from paying ransoms in the first place.

Cybercrime will not stop in 2022, so you need to do what you can to prevent cybersecurity threats so your business can keep its network safe, MyTek can help with this, so give us a call at 623-312-2440 to learn more about cybersecurity and employee training.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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