As we look ahead to 2023, there are a few key trends in cyber security that small to medium businesses should be aware of and prepared for.
1. Remote Work and the Proliferation of Remote Access
With the COVID-19 pandemic driving a shift towards remote work, the use of remote access tools and technologies has skyrocketed. This trend will likely continue in 2023, with many businesses opting to keep at least some of their employees working remotely.
As a result, it will be more important than ever for small to medium businesses to have robust cyber security measures in place to protect against remote access attacks.
This may include implementing multi-factor authentication, regularly updating remote access software, and providing employees with the necessary training and resources to stay safe while working remotely.
2. Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware attacks, which involve hackers encrypting a victim's data and demanding payment in exchange for the decryption key, have been on the rise in recent years.
In 2023, we'll likely see an increase in the number of ransomware attacks targeting small to medium businesses.
To protect against these attacks, businesses should ensure that they have a robust backup and recovery systems in place, regularly stress test their security systems as well as train their employees on how to identify and handle suspicious emails and other threats.
3. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are increasingly used in cyber security to detect and prevent attacks.
In 2023, we can expect more small to medium businesses to turn to these technologies to help protect their networks and systems.
AI and machine learning can be used to identify patterns and anomalies in network traffic, alerting businesses to potential threats and allowing them to take action before an attack can be successful.
Overall, the key to success in cyber security for small to medium businesses in 2023 will be staying up-to-date with the latest threats and technologies and taking proactive steps to protect against them.
We actively support members of the Cyber Heroes community to use the latest technologies, train employees and implement robust policies and procedures to help protect their people, profits, and reputation.
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