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Top 5 Cybersecurity Trends To Watch Out For In 2024 | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


by Shomiron Das Gupta, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DNIF HYPERCLOUD

By entering the digital era, the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity is shaped by the relentless innovation of technology and the persistent efforts of cybercriminals. By the completion of the coming year, the financial impact of cyber-attacks on the global economy is anticipated to reach $10.5 trillion.

Whether small or large organizations, corporations, or even governments, reliance on computerized systems for day-to-day operations underscores the pivotal role of cybersecurity in safeguarding data against various online threats and unauthorized access.

Today, incidents like data breaches, ransomware attacks, and hacks have become commonplace, reinforcing the importance of staying abreast of the latest developments in the cybersecurity landscape.

As a result, there has been a discernible surge in technical advancements across diverse domains, signaling a concurrent evolution in cybersecurity trends. Let’s delve into some of the top cybersecurity trends to watch out for 2024.

Underdeveloped Generative AI Applications

The dominance of artificial intelligence (AI), especially large language models like ChatGPT, has been a headline-grabbing phenomenon. Business owners, with over 60% anticipating increased productivity, are witnessing a gold rush of new players capitalizing on niche generative AI applications.

The accelerated development of these apps, facilitated by Large Language Models (LLMs), raises concerns. The emphasis on speed may come at the expense of robust controls over user security and privacy in the development process.

Users trusting these apps may unknowingly expose sensitive information, and with AI projected to grow at an annual rate of 37.3%, this trend remains a focal point in cybersecurity well into the future.

Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)

Ransomware has emerged as a pressing concern for businesses, institutions, and individuals. Shockingly, ransomware attack payments have surged, reaching an average of USD 1.54 billion over the past 10 months, a figure that has doubled since 2022. Examining the Indian landscape, the nation has experienced an alarming average of 2,126 cyber attacks per week in the last six months.

This surpasses the global average of 1,108, resulting in significant financial losses and reputational damage.

Cybercriminals no longer need to develop their own malware; instead, they can purchase it from a seller, democratizing the ability to carry out attacks. Ransomware as a Service operates akin to legitimate businesses, allowing affiliates to purchase and customize ransomware. Organizations must prioritize good cyber hygiene as a baseline defense against this trend.

Data Breaches: A Prime Target for Cyber Threats

The recognition of cyber threats‘ potential impact on national security and economic prosperity is increasingly gaining traction among governments and organizations. The awareness of the potential social and political fallout resulting from large-scale data breaches has spurred the development of new regulations addressing cybersecurity concerns.

In the early days of August 2023, the Indian Parliament ratified the Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Act, 2023, presenting a framework for the protection of personal data. However, regulatory frameworks alone are insufficient to ensure effective data privacy.

As organizations continue to accumulate and store extensive volumes of sensitive data, fortifying defenses against data breaches becomes imperative. Therefore, implementing robust data protection measures and cultivating a cybersecurity-aware culture are essential components of a comprehensive defence strategy.

Cyber Warfare and State-Sponsored Attacks

State-sponsored cyber warfare involves a government or state either endorsing or conducting cyberattacks against other governments, businesses, organizations, or individuals. In the contemporary landscape, this form of cyber warfare stands as a formidable threat to both national security and global stability.

Governments and various entities deploy advanced techniques to execute cyber-attacks on their targets, employing diverse methods such as malware, phishing scams, ransomware, denial-of-service attacks, and social engineering.

Cyber espionage is also a prominent strategy employed by governments to gather sensitive information, ranging from trade secrets to military plans and diplomatic communications.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future trajectory of state-sponsored cyber warfare, it remains evident that it will persist as a significant and evolving threat.

Deepfake Proliferation: A Growing Threat to Cybersecurity

In today’s digital age, the proliferation of deepfake technology poses a significant cybersecurity threat. Deepfakes, powered by advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms, have the potential to deceive individuals, organizations, and even entire nations.

While deepfakes have been around for as long as vishing scams, advancements in video technology make them harder to detect. Forums offering source code for deepfake technology further increase the risk, as malicious actors can recreate identities on video using scraped high-quality images and videos from the internet.

Face recognition authentication and conference calls could become new attack vectors soon.

Next Up With Cybersecurity Trends

These cybersecurity trends are bound to cause more fear in organizations to stack their security measures. It is expected that organizations will spend more than ever with US$100+ Billion on protecting their assets alone this year.

By gearing up the security game, organizations can fortify their cybersecurity defences and navigate the evolving threat landscape successfully. By embracing innovative technologies and adopting a proactive approach to cybersecurity, businesses can better protect their assets and sensitive information from the ever-present and ever-evolving threat of cybercrime.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this guest post are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Cyber Express. Any content provided by the author is of their opinion and is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything. 



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