Cybersecurity in 2023: 5 Trends and Predictions

Fast-paced evolution is one of the main characteristics of cybersecurity, and this will not change in 2023. Volatility and constant change will remain a trend for the upcoming year. 

Two critical elements of the foreseen scenario for cybersecurity in 2023: accessible information and prioritization of both preventive and responsive actions on every level. According to the consultant agency Gartner, globally, there will be around 43.000 million units connected to the Internet of things (IoT) globally, and they will all be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The importance that companies will give to this criteria in the follow-up year is as relevant as it will be determining even the growth of corporations and their acquisition decisions, ensuring receive companies with the fewest risks possible.

Let’s go over the five trends and predictions for cybersecurity in 2023:

1. The time for Zero Trust

This is a model in which every user, service, or change requires continuous verification instead of one-time verification. The changes include real-time access decisions even for corporate levels when using a cloud-based system. Adopting the Zero Trust methodology will represent an increase in the investment for developing this technology according to the needs of remote and hybrid work environments and its scalation capabilities.
A relevant innovation will occur for the zero-trust vendors who will implement additional authentication messages, some supporting authentication monitoring. In contrast, others will notify when malicious activity is detected. Both options will respond to a behavioral outcome of zero trust.

2. AI brings new vulnerabilities

As Artificial Intelligence becomes even more prominent, more risks surface for users. Deep fake apps or AI-generated portraits are really attractive to users. Therefore, they distract them from relevant vulnerabilities. Experts know that these apps compile user data for the online processing process when compiling pictures and with facial scanning. Even though the policy indicates that this information is automatically deleted after several hours, there’s always a concern to consider. For 2023 the main problem linked to AI is its popularity and how it might relate to possible modifications or misuse of the visual content.

3. Malware reaching cameras

It is possible to hide malware inside digital images. This could happen to anyone with a smartphone or even when exchanging images via WhatsApp. However, this risk increases related to QR code recognition and even artificial intelligence to enhance our pictures. The technology embedded in this process is also linked to GIFs, boomerangs creation and several other adaptations of images. Cybersecurity in 2023 will consider the increasing risks of exploitable malware execution using behavioral  AI solutions that detect the trace of malware while traversing the network in the look of the user’s data.

Instead of using personal passwords, other access options will take a more considerable relevance. This is the era of non-password-based authentication, including biometric technology (like Face ID or Touch ID), direct authentication, or even 2-step authentication. As an example of how this is changing, the Face Recognition market generated a revenue of 5 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow to 24 billion in the next year. The trend changes relate to cybersecurity concerns and its benefits, as it saves the user the need to remember, retrieve and type passwords.  

5. Visibility is required

Risks increase if a company has no unified visibility on its networks. This will change cybersecurity in 2023, bringing an easier way to detect vulnerabilities or anomalies in operations. As the President and CEO of Cytellix Corporation say in a Forbes article, “you cannot manage what you cannot see.” When the data is centralized, the information is crossed and the company has access to this; the teams are aware of the risks with real-time data (situational awareness).

Education on cybersecurity is vital to reduce risk. This is relevant at the personal and corporate levels when discussing the workforce. However, this is not enough to manage the risk. Leaders should elevate their security awareness teams, but it is also essential to consider professional outsourcing services. In CRG we provide cybersecurity solutions that will contribute to transforming chaos into clarity. If you want to learn more about how we integrate security into the business and manage threats with a strategic and interdepartmental focus, schedule an appointment with us.

We hope you learned while reading our predictions on cybersecurity in 2023 and apply suggestions and awareness on your business strategy for the upcoming months.

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