Cybersecurity will continue to rapidly gain in both relevance and importance in 2022 as the world relies more upon digital technologies and unknowingly embraces the increasing accompanying risks of innovation. 2022 will see the rise of government orchestrated cyber-offensive activities, the growth of cybercriminal impacts at a national level, and the maturity of new technology used as powerful tools by both attackers and defenders.
Threat actors will focus attention, as never seen before, against technology supply-chains and all manner of national critical infrastructures such as banking, healthcare, government services, logistics, communications, and transportation. Most visibly, high-profile ransomware attacks will capture the bulk of media headlines, but more sophisticated strategic attacks will occur in stealth.
The cybersecurity industry will struggle with resources and agility in responding to new attacks, but consumers will begin to demand that products and services are trustworthy, fueling greater support by executives for cybersecurity programs that manage security, privacy, and safety.
Overall, 2022 will be a more difficult and trying year for cybersecurity than its predecessors.
Top 10 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022
1. Critical Infrastructure is the prime target
The gloves are fully off. The National Critical Infrastructure (CI) sectors will be the main target for both cybercriminals and digitally capable nations. Attacks will blend across Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) systems, making defense and response more difficult. Attacks will be designed to impact service delivery and defenses will be seriously tested across all sectors. In particular, the telecommunications, healthcare, government, energy, transportation, and water management systems will…