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by Erik Briceno

As we enter 2022, it’s not about “if” a cybersecurity incident will occur, but “when.” There’s an urgent need for organizations to increase cybersecurity awareness and education to better prepare themselves against these inevitable events. Here are the top cybersecurity trends worth keeping an eye on throughout the new year and beyond.

Ransomware Security

Ransomware attacks have made headlines for well over a year at this point. The ransomware global attack volume increased by 151% for the first six months of 2021 compared to the first six months of 2020.

As most of our readers (and ransomware victims) know by now, ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files once inside an organization’s network. Doing so makes the files unusable, as well as the systems that rely on that information to run, enabling malicious actors to demand a ransom in exchange for decryption.

Knowing this, it’s easy to see why ransomware has grown in popularity as the world experienced a rapid acceleration to remote and hybrid working models.

Remote Work Security

The shift to remote work sent traditional on-premise networks into a spiral. “On-prem” tends to be custom built, meaning there are multiple manual requirements that must be met to ensure the network operates as it should. From patching and updating software to ensuring the network remains clear of vulnerabilities, on-prem networks require multiple teams across various roles to not miss a beat. But that is exactly what happens. In the new work-from-anywhere world, small details slip through the cracks.

Cloud Security

Cloud computing has been the most transformative technology trend of the past decade, and it’s become a must-have business technology. No clearer has this been made since the emergence of COVID-19 and the rapid shift to work-from-home policies.

However, cloud-based organizations face their own security challenges, ranging from misconfigurations to insufficient credential and access management. Additionally, threat actors are making it easier for others to run attacks. There has been an increasing amount of material online that makes running ransomware attacks easier.

The benefits of the cloud outweigh the risks — IF you have help implementing a proper security architecture.

SEIM and Log Management

The same “type” of attacks keep happening because they continue to work. Greater visibility empowers organizations to recognize when something is amiss in a matter of seconds, rather than weeks or months. Reducing the time to respond not only minimizes the impact of the cybersecurity incident, but could also deter threat actors from targeting your organization in the future. In 2022, organizations need to more heavily invest in security log monitoring and working toward hardening their cybersecurity policies. Many of these processes are extremely complex and expensive, and they often require a very specific skill set. V2 Systems can offset much of that cost, and shift the burden away from you so that you can continue to focus on your company’s vision.

 

Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
2022 Cybersecurity Trends