The world of cyber security is always changing. As a result, new types of cyber security risks are always emerging, and those who pose them are always finding new means to launch and conceal their assaults.
For this reason, it is essential to maintain a level of awareness about the ever-evolving dangers and trends associated with data center security. This blog deconstructs the biggest and freshest security developments that may influence data centers in 2023 to give direction and advice.
Ransom Cloud Attacks
Attacks by ransomware are not showing any signs of slowing down. Ransomware has even made its way into cloud-based systems. Emails that include malware or phishing links are often used as attack vectors by ransomware cloud attackers. These attackers target cloud-based mail systems such as Office 365 using common techniques like file sync piggybacking.
Phishing is a kind of email assault in which the attacker sends the victim a message with an attachment, which, when downloaded, causes ransomware to be installed on the user’s computer. The user sees a seemingly innocuous pop-up while attacked by ransomware. When the clickable link is activated, the ransomware spreads across the network and gives the threat actor access. The ransomware will ‘piggyback’ on the file sync service and assist the threat actor in infiltrating the cloud environment when the user begins a file sync transaction with the cloud.
Dangers Posed by Lot
Attackers pose cyber security risks to devices connected to the Internet of things (IoT) by looking for weak spots in them and attempting to connect via ports that aren’t often used. The attack surface in a basic network structure is limited to the typical access points to corporate systems. On the other hand, in the case of the Internet of things network, the attack surface expands, resulting in greater vulnerabilities. The Internet of medical things (IoMT), often known as IoT in healthcare, refers to a collection of devices that can interact with information technology (IT) systems found in medical facilities.
Wearable and other sensor-based or remote patient monitoring technologies are examples of this category. Unfortunately, because a rising number of patients are using these devices, a wide variety of vulnerabilities and entry points have been made available to thieves so that they may acquire access to patient data. Because of this, monitoring these end points 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should be an essential priority for all enterprises.
Attacks on the supply chain
Attackers get access to company networks by exploiting vulnerabilities or compromising devices already present in the network of a third party or partner who is also a participant in the supply chain or value chain.
Even if high-profile assaults have made businesses more aware of and attentive against potential threats than they were in the past, hackers are equipped with increasingly sophisticated tools and strategies to circumvent security safeguards and best practices.
It is essential for businesses to investigate more proactive cyber security risks that will assist them in monitoring and regularly analyzing user activity to identify potentially malicious patterns or accesses.
Attacks Against the Technology that is Used in Operations (OT)
The software and hardware methods now in place to monitor and detect changes in industrial equipment, systems, and processes make up what is known as operational technology. Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attention on industrial control systems (ICS), which are one of the most important aspects of OT. In this case, the primary cause for concern is not the data’s safety but real physical harm.
Zero Trust Policy
Zero Trust is neither a product nor a piece of technology; instead, it is an underlying attitude. “Never trust, always verify” is the fundamental tenet of the Zero Trust philosophy. Zero Trust will protect businesses from malicious cyber attacks through identity-centric business and architectural security solutions.
Core practices of a Zero Trust network include:
- Identity and access management.
- Protecting the endpoints in the network.
- Securing the network by conducting micro-segmentation.
- Applying threat protection to prevent security threats and assaults.
Zero Trust is an efficient method for preventing data breaches and reducing lost data, making it possible for business users to engage with any application using any device in any setting without compromising their security.
Attacks Against Mobile Devices
Malicious software intended to target mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, is called mobile malware. As mobile phones have grown more significant, they have also become an easier target for attackers because it is difficult to notice spoofs on mobile phones.
Enterprise mobile security solutions and intensive staff training programs will educate workers on how to secure their devices and help keep businesses one step ahead of cyber criminals.
Looking ahead to future cyber security risks and trends for 2023 is a complex but critical exercise. To implement the most effective strategies to protect organizations from cyber threats, IT professionals and everyday users must be aware of these risks and trends as they become more prevalent. Organizations need to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest technologies and strategies being used to protect their online data, control access to IT systems and reduce any possible damages caused by security breaches. Cyber threat awareness should be enhanced by promoting education about social engineering threats like phishing scams across all levels of staff. Organizations can protect themselves from any potential malicious attacks by staying proactive about security threats. Contact us for more information.