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Cyber Threats: What’s Coming – What You Need to Know to Get Ready

July 27, 2022

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Threats to cybersecurity are always evolving. There are risks that remain relevant at all times, but there are also emerging threats that are crucial to watch out for. Staying up to date helps businesses to be prepared for any cyber threats that might come their way. Even if you think that you are aware of the top security issues and how to keep your organization safe, it’s essential to refresh your knowledge on a regular basis. In the first half of 2020, data breaches exposed 36 billion records, highlighting the importance of remaining on top of potential threats and developments in the cybersecurity world.

A good understanding of emerging threats will help your organization prepare and be ready for when predicted threats become more prominent.

 

Phishing Attacks Are Becoming More Sophisticated

Phishing attacks are an extremely common cybersecurity threat that aren’t likely to go away any time soon. They involve scammers posing as legitimate communications to convince people to click on links or open emails, which then leads to malicious files being downloaded to their devices. Phishing attacks are nothing new, but they are becoming more and more prevalent.

Phishing attacks account for 41% of global fraud, and there is a chance the problem could only get worse. Phishing attacks have become more localized and more personalized, presenting as sophisticated scams that are more difficult to recognize as scams. Even the smartest and most savvy of people are at risk of falling for a phishing attack.

Fortunately, there are solutions available so that organizations can prepare for even the most sophisticated phishing attacks. Security awareness for employees is a big part of being prepared, but software can also help. Some organizations are using simulators to recognize and analyze emerging patterns to help spot and prevent attacks.

Scammers Are Taking Advantage of Remote Workers

Remote working has greatly increased in recent years. While some employers may be bringing their workers back into the office, others are continuing with either fully remote or hybrid working models. One thing that has become evident in the past two years is that this comes with many cybersecurity risks. As long as people continue to work remotely, we can expect to see cybercriminals take advantage of security vulnerabilities that are caused by remote working.

For employers that are planning to continue with remote working in any capacity, there are plenty of ways to protect your employees and your organization. It’s important to coordinate with your employees to help ensure they have robust security at home and also to provide them with the correct training and advice to help them avoid cyber threats.

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Increase in IoT Spending Leaves Organizations Vulnerable

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing, with the market predicted to reach $1.567 trillion by 2025. The market might be growing rapidly, but IoT technology poses a significant threat to many organizations. Industries that often deal with sensitive data such as healthcare, insurance, and education are particularly interested in IoT technology, but also need to be cautious. IoT presents new opportunities for businesses, but it also creates new opportunities for cyber-criminals. Of companies using IoT, around a third have security concerns related to lack of skilled personnel and around the same number see attacks on devices as the primary concern.

Investing in security for your IoT system should be a priority to prepare for future threats. If you are adding devices and technology to your IoT network, you need to invest in security awareness, as well as the right tools and expertise to prevent cyber threats.

Prepare for the Future

The most important thing to remember is that cyber threats will always exist and are constantly evolving. Getting set up with your IT security is a good first step, but it’s not a “one and done” occurrence. You need to keep on top of any emerging threats and be prepared to head them off to protect your organization.

Founder of K3 Technology and cybersecurity expert Kelly Kercher says, “Staying ahead of cyber threats requires fast responses and up-to-date solutions. The right IT cybersecurity solution for your organization is vital and should be tailored to meet the needs of your business. It’s important for your cybersecurity to be ever-evolving to match the new challenges that arise constantly.”

K3 Technology offers a range of IT security services, including cybersecurity services, compliance solutions, and security awareness training. We can help you to develop the right approach to security to protect your organization with bespoke solutions. Contact us today to find out more.

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