What are the top cybersecurity trends to look out for in 2024? - Photo by freestocks on UnsplashAs 2024 fast approaches, organisations are looking back on the past year to try and gain some insight into what the next 12 months could hold. This past year has been particularly interesting in the world of cyber security. Ransomware and data breaches have dominated the headlines. The rise to prominence of AI has strengthened cybercrime’s arsenal. Finally, the shift of focus to cyber resilience has caused businesses to question what comes next for the industry.

For security professionals across organisations of all sizes, we anticipate the following issues will be a key focus for the year ahead:

Increased focus on cyber resilience

With the reality that every organisation will almost inevitably suffer a cyber-attack at some point, the ability to recover with the least amount of downtime and data loss will be a priority. Organisations are coming around to the harsh reality that focusing on cybersecurity that centres on preventing attacks is not infallible. The ability to quickly recover from an attack, while minimising the impact on the organisation will be a strategic objective.

The cyber skill shortage will continue

The shortage of talent with the necessary knowledge and skills to protect organisations from cyber threats is an ongoing concern. According to the 2023 ISC2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the cybersecurity workforce has grown by 8.7%, but the gap between the number of workers needed to the number of available openings grew 12.6% year on year. This indicates that growth in the number of cybersecurity roles is still outpacing talent pool growth.

Increasingly sophisticated phishing and social engineering attacks

Malicious actors will continue to up their game when it comes to manipulating users through social engineering. Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) enables these bad actors to carry out more intelligent and personalised phishing campaigns against their unwitting victims. In addition, deepfake technology is continuing to advance, making it increasingly more difficult to discern whether something such as an image or video is real.

Increased focus on cybersecurity by corporate boards

Cybersecurity is increasingly recognised as a business risk, becoming a strategic priority for organisations. Coupling this with the trend toward board members having explicit accountability for cybersecurity necessitates an increased focus by corporate boards. By 2026, Gartner predicts that 70% of boards will include one member with cybersecurity expertise.

Increased adoption of Zero Trust Frameworks through ZTNA and SASE

With the ever-growing remote and mobile workforce, organisations are finding it hard to maintain secure, consistent, and performant policy across their remote users and applications. At the same time, application sprawl across prem, public cloud, and SaaS is adding further complexity to this.

Leveraging Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) allows an organisation to extrapolate their access layer from their data centre. It enables users to ingress to the closest onramp wherever they are in the world. Through a single interface, organisations can granularly control application, network and internet access while enhancing security protection such as secure web gateway and browser isolation.

The benefits of ZTNA and SASE are extensive and include:

  • Ability to prevent malicious scripts with ability to onramp to clouds
  • Enforce data loss prevention
  • Secure inbound application traffic through reverse proxy, web application firewall and DDoS protection

Based on this, we anticipate that more companies will be making this transition in 2024 and reaping the benefits.

In 2024, threat actors will gear up to use the new technologies that are at their disposal. Companies must explore ways to stay a step ahead while preparing to withstand potential breaches and attacks with minimal downtime. 11:11 Systems offers solutions that can prepare your business for the future.

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