Despite the fact that certain patterns in cyberattacks practically do not change over the years, certain new trends do appear every year. Now, at the end of the third month of 2023, we can already draw a number of conclusions about the trends in cyber attacks this year. As the activities of many companies go online, the risks also increase. Therefore, it is extremely important to understand how to protect yourself in advance – as much as possible.
For example, along with the popularization of the AI trend by business owners and developers, hackers are also not far behind and are actively using AI for their own purposes. AI tools are used both as elements to complicate attacks, and on their own – for example, as deep fakes that have generated a new wave of fraud. With their help, phishing by email and by phone reached a new level, catching unprepared company employees by surprise.
Due to the unstable situation in the world, sabotage attacks have also regained popularity and reminded of their destructive potential. In particular, an increase in the number of DDoS attacks on government sites was noted.
Attacks on financial data
In addition, almost a quarter of the organizations that participated in the Deloitte Center for Controllership survey noted that over the past year they have experienced attacks on financial and accounting data. No wonder, because financial information has been and remains one of the most tempting targets for attackers.
Unsecured Wi-Fi and VPNs
A few years ago, during the pandemic, there was a trend for remote work, and over time it has not lost its popularity. It was noted that working away from the office was associated with the risks of using unsecured Wi-Fi and VPNs. Although it is tempting to use insecure networks that do not require additional payment or registration, do not forget that they can be extremely insecure and serve as a way to carry out attacks.
Lack of professionals
In addition, it is expected that the overall level of cyber threats may increase due to the fact that ensuring cyber security is becoming an increasingly complex and complex task that companies are sometimes unable to cope with on their own. Not every company has a full-fledged security operations center (SOC), and there is a shortage of qualified security professionals everywhere, which of course puts businesses at risk.