With factors like the pandemic, increasing political instability, and rapidly changing social dynamics, we have become more reliant on our computer systems￼. However, the more our world turns digital, the more we have to contend with the spike in security risks￼.
The computer systems of individuals and businesses are attacked by cybercriminals every day. In fact, these attacks keep advancing in terms of frequency, intensity, and variety.
How can you ensure an adequate level of cyber security for your firm in such circumstances? The answer is simple.￼ Y￼ou should stay informed about the latest cyber security risks to prevent and fight against them.
This blog covers the cyber security risks you might hear about in 2022.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain are the talks of the town these days. However, these fairly new concepts are also not safe from cybercriminals, thanks to their rising popularity. One major cyber security risk in 2022 is crypto-jacking, in which ￼hackers utilize the victim’s computing power by unauthorized means to mine cryptocurrency.
Crypto-jacking can be done through several social engineering tricks.
- One way ￼is to send malicious links to the victims using phishing techniques (like a disguised email) through which crypto mining codes are downloaded on their computers.
- Another method is to inject the script onto any website, mainly into the ads displayed there. The code gets stored on the victim’s computer once they open an infected pop-up or website.
Weaknesses in the Cloud Infrastructure
The majority of the organizations have shifted their operations online because of the pandemic. With most employees working remotely now, we can see the demand and use of cloud-based infrastructure rising rapidly.
Cloud computing refers to the use of the Internet for sharing data, software, and resources. Just imagine the giant cable that connects everything. Precisely, a cloud-based infrastructure allows you to save and retrieve files on demand.
This kind of computing works the best for a remote workforce. However, online data transfer in cloud computing also increases cyber risks significantly. Hackers find a vulnerability in the cloud infrastructure to breach multiple systems.
Errors in System Configurations
Mistakes in the system’s configuration still remain a potential cyber security threat in 2022.
Computer systems involve a set of parameters that can be changed via ￼hardware, software, or firmware. These parameters have a direct impact on the security and functionality of the information system.
Even professional security systems can contain errors in how they are ￼installed and set up. Hackers take advantage of such errors to get access to a system.
Vulnerabilities in Mobile Devices
Mobile usage has become unbelievably high in recent years, mainly because more people have started working remotely. Employees now work for the organization using their personal devices.
With so many personal devices and networks involved, hackers find it easier to access an organization’s private data. Cybercriminals target the mobile devices of each employee simultaneously using cyber espionage tools.
Unfortunately, mobile users are more vulnerable to cyber security risks because they monitor their emails in real-time. Moreover, using unsecured Wifi also increases the chances of cyber-attacks on mobile devices.
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