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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

Top 8 Cybersecurity Threats for 2022

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Cybersecurity is the lifeblood for many companies, keeping vital information and assets secure. As the world becomes increasingly online, business owners should be concerned with the potential cybersecurity threats their firm could be perfect for hacking. This blog covers some of the top cybersecurity risks for 2022 and how these problems could affect businesses worldwide.

1. Vehicle Hacking Increasing

As time passes, cars become less like what many of us knew growing up and more like a computer on wheels. Automotive manufacturers are adding some of the most cutting-edge software to their vehicles, and the world of hackers has noticed.

Many vehicles have cruise control, engine timing, automatic door locks, and other gadgets to make driving much more accessible. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, many of our cars have become more of a liability than anything hackers can quickly take over your vehicle.

2. The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As artificial intelligence becomes more and more common in everyday life, this also creates some severe cybersecurity threats and challenges. While AI has done wonders in language translation, face recognition, and automated threat detection, as malware becomes smarter and trickier, it’s known to breach some security systems easily.

3. Mobile Phones a New Favourite for Hackers

Our mobile phones are becoming increasingly an easy target for cybersecurity threats as we rely more on them. It’s no secret that we all are obsessed with our mobile phones, and these things go with us everywhere. Hackers have noticed this; with many of our phones containing apps for mobile banking, sensitive email information, and all our photos, this is a potential goldmine for any hacker.

4. The Risks of the Cloud

When it comes to technology, the cloud is pretty much a godsend. You can keep all your information stored without being stuck hauling massive external hard drives. But as with most good things, there’s always a downside.

As more and more companies worldwide begin to take advantage of the cloud, hackers also see this as their new target. Cloud technology requires constant monitoring and needs to have consistent updates done to make sure all information is kept safe. The cloud can quickly become a manageable cybersecurity threat without a robust watchful eye for any company.

5. Information is the New Gold

We live in a world where information is becoming more and more valuable. Whether large or small, most companies have the right data at the correct time. This new information can make a difference for many firms, from hitting the jackpot or going bust.

The next most significant problem is keeping this information safe once you have it, making sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. A minor flaw or bug in your cybersecurity system can be the difference between a potential vulnerability that a hacker could take advantage of versus being a literal Fort Knox.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, new much stricter laws from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from May 25, 2018, the European Union designed to protect data at all costs. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) came into effect in the US on Jan 1, 2020, to safeguard consumer information against potential cybersecurity threats.

6. Reigning in the 5G Network

With 5G networks becoming the norm, the world will become even more connected with the Internet of Things (IoT). This change means that as we rely on our devices more and more, the potential for a software bug to show up and go undetected grows.

Until recently, Google Chrome looked solid as a rock; in reality, some severe bugs were hiding as luck would have. The risks are real; it pays to be mindful of the threats, whether your company is a whale or a small mom-and-pop shop.

7. Government-Funded Cyberattacks

When most of us think of hackers, the following vision comes to mind, a nerdy-looking guy living in his parent's basement and spending all his time in a dark room hunched over a keyboard. But times have changed, the cyberworld is the next frontier, and many governments see that as the space to lay claim to and plant their flag.

8. Human Error

When it comes to cybersecurity threats for any company or government, the top culprit is human error. As people, we can have a bad day, feel exhausted and overworked, and have problems in our personal lives, all of which can creep into our professional lives. A rough day can quickly become a catastrophe with millions of pieces of stolen data that can bring down a company because of human error.

Cybersecurity Threats, A Top Priority

As companies increasingly join the cyber-world, cybersecurity threats will continue to be a top priority for many business owners. By 2025, companies will spend well over $1+ Trillion to protect their assets and businesses.

Hungry for more? Join me each week, where I'll break down complex topics and dissect the latest news within the cybersecurity industry and blockchain ecosystem, simplifying the world of tech.

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