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5 Key Managed Security Trends for 2022

Safeguarding your systems and the privacy and integrity of the data you collect, store and transmit should occupy the top spot on your organization’s list of cybersecurity priorities. Without a comprehensive risk assessment, detection, prevention, threat management, and incident response, your business is leaving itself vulnerable to a constantly evolving array of criminal attacks. 

Staying on top of managed security 2022 trends and adopting strategies tailored to your unique needs should be one of your priorities. Here are just a few of the most important trends to watch.

1. Continued focus on artificial intelligence (AI)


Combined with machine learning, this technology is revolutionizing the world of automated threat detection and prevention and language processing. Not surprisingly, criminals also adopt AI techniques to make their attacks “smarter” and more robust.

In the upcoming year, expect the battle between good and evil to continue, with predictive threat management and detection taking an even more prominent seat at the table.


2. Increased vulnerability via mobile devices


No doubt, you already know about the risks your employees’ personal devices pose to your cybersecurity infrastructure. Hackers are also keenly aware of the leaks these hand-helds can cause and will continue to exploit them in the new year. 

Viruses and malware are the most likely vehicles, making it more important than ever for you to create and maintain an environment of security awareness among all staff members.


3. The incorporation of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)


People can’t get enough of their smart thermostats, lighting, and security systems. Moreover, they love the enhanced speed that the skyrocketing use of 5G lends to their mobile phone use. Cybercriminals are viewing the interconnectivity between these innovations as additional potential openings into the records and digital systems of consumers and companies alike. 

Because both technologies are relatively new, it seems likely that they will still contain bugs that hackers will find and use for their criminal purposes. As a result, companies of all sizes need to take preemptive action by building and maintaining an all-encompassing cybersecurity fortress. With a set of procedures, practices, technology, and human expertise that evolves along with the threat landscape, organizations can continue to protect their digital assets and systems while remaining agile and innovative.


4. Continued growth of automation


Machines have a hard time making intuitive leaps or extrapolating. However, they are excellent at doing repetitive tasks correctly every time. They don’t fall asleep on the job or make data entry errors, and they cannot be swayed by fatigue or human emotion.

For these reasons, they are perfect cybersecurity partners, especially when it comes to scanning, detecting, and logging. As malware and data breaches become increasingly agile and complex. They are supplementing human expertise with the accuracy and automation to provide security teams with the most substantial data protection available.


5. Ongoing danger of ransomware attacks 


Unfortunately, state-sponsored and private bad actors have learned that capturing data and customer information and forcing their owners to pay to retrieve them are very lucrative. These ransomware attacks have affected numerous industries and organizations, and the trend shows no signs of abating. 

While no security measure is foolproof, you can reduce your organizational vulnerability to this form of cybercrime. Just ensure that all software is up-to-date, that your firewalls and anti-virus software are current and universally deployed, and that every member of your staff from the boardroom to the mailroom practices strict cyber hygiene.