Business Cybersecurity Challenges in 2022

Business Cybersecurity Challenges in 2022

In 2022, businesses can expect more relentless and more frequent ransomware attacks as cybercriminals develop new ways of hacking into data systems. Cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and expand. In addition to common virus and malware, companies need to bolster cyber defenses against a myriad of risks such as the ones described below.

Geotargeted phishing

Geotargeted phishing is expected to become a major concern in 2022. Geotargeted phishing attacks take advantage of geolocation data of target individuals by sending phishing messages that appear to be from legitimate organizations or people within a local area. For example, an email may appear to be from a local bank but is actually a phishing attempt from a cybercriminal.

Common signs of a phishing attempt include unsolicited links or attachments and urgent requests for personal details, crucial business data, and other similar information.

Remote work attacks

While many companies are planning a return to the office in 2022, others are expected to maintain a remote work arrangement or shift to a hybrid model. Hackers are taking advantage of reduced security protections for remote workers by launching targeted attacks. Cyber criminals frequently employ social engineering schemes to trick remote workers into disclosing passwords or other sensitive information. Another common scam is to impersonate IT support personnel and ask for login details over the phone or by email. Employee education and security vigilance are critical elements to protecting business data.

Healthcare sector attacks

The healthcare industry is very attractive to cyber criminals because hospitals and clinics store sensitive information such as financial records and medical records on IT networks. The healthcare sector is expected to see significantly increased pressure in 2022 as hackers utilize more sophisticated strategies.

Unfortunately, the healthcare sector has often failed cybersecurity compliance requirements due to a lack of employee training and security awareness programs. In addition to commonly utilized ransomware and phishing scams that compromised patient data, cyber criminals may also use zero-day exploits and malware infections.

Hospitals should take steps to boost the security of telemedicine and telehealth systems. In addition, healthcare companies should implement tighter security measures around the use of remote-work computers, office data systems, and video equipment while prioritizing the security of business-critical applications.

IoT Vulnerabilities

In 2022, Internet of Things (IoT) devices will continue to be a major security vulnerability. Many of these devices are not secure by design and are easily hacked. Research suggests that by 2025, there will be billions of connected devices in use all over the world. As the number of connected devices increases, so do security risks.

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in IoT devices to gain access to networks and steal sensitive data. Criminals can also use the devices to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against organizations. To protect against IoT security issues, keep devices updated with the latest firmware and software patches. Additionally, be mindful of what information is shared online about IoT devices and change settings for default credentials whenever possible.

Attacks on mobile devices

In 2022, attacks on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are expected to become even more rampant as people continue to use mobile gadgets for a variety of personal and business purposes, including online shopping, banking, and communication.

Cybercriminals will continue to steal sensitive data such as passwords, bank account information, contact lists, etc., and install malware and ransomware on users' devices.

Mobile device users should always practice good cyber hygiene habits, including being cautious about what applications are downloaded. Be wary of apps that are not offered by trusted sites, such as the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Cloud and network vulnerabilities

The number of cloud storage users is increasing every year. Because hackers know that many organizations are storing sensitive data on the cloud, more cloud-based attacks are likely in 2022. These attacks may take different forms but will be aimed at acquiring sensitive information or financial assets.

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To reduce the risks of cyberattack, choose dependable cloud service providers and ensure only authorized users have access to network systems. Also, implement strong password policies and educate team members about phishing scams.

Roebuck Technologies is a managed IT services provider that offers comprehensive technology solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. Our experts can help protect your company against a variety of cybercrimes in the year ahead. Give us a call today.

Doug Coleman

Doug Coleman

Chief Operating Officer

Doug possesses over 20 years of expertise in corporate finance, information systems, logistics, supply chain management and competitive strategies. He has served in executive management not only for The Roebuck Group, but also Commercial Carrier Corporation, a nationwide transportation and logistics provider. Additionally, he served in senior management at Vology, a global value-added reseller of technology solutions. Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Florida as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law.