Despite the risk of tragic consequences, some businesses continue to treat cybersecurity as a business-ending, bottom-line financial threat. And even those businesses that genuinely want to contribute find it difficult to keep up with the pace of cybercrime and problems.
Organizations adopted a remote working paradigm almost immediately, putting cybersecurity designs to the test. Companies had to adapt as an industry, especially when desperate threat actors caused a massive spike in cybercrime incidents since the pandemic began.
Businesses, on the other hand, must keep up with cyber-criminals as much as possible, anticipating their actions with a precautionary approach. Here’s where they could make a splash this year:
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The Metaverse is a brand-new attack vector
The metaverse can be the next step in the internet’s evolution, but most sectors have yet to see a similar shift in how they secure software and digital environments.
While everyone gets their bearings in the metaverse, cybersecurity pitfalls such as phishing scams will be unavoidable (and possibly abundant). However, the infrastructure and technologies that makes this immersive virtual world possible, need to be safe.
To keep IoT gadgets safe, increasingly complicated embedded systems security is required, and the brave new world of mainstream VR/AR is no different. Simple coding errors can blossom into a backstage pass for threat actors, as organizations have seen with the Log4Shell exploit, and in a simulated reality, every movement creates uncovered data.
Legislation enacted in the aftermath of Log4shell
Experts believe the holiday season would have been a difficult time for the thousands of engineers who were thrown into chaos while trying to figure out if there were any instances of, or dependencies related with, an exploitable version of the widely used Log4j logging tool.
There are valid reasons for this manner of operation, but patching too slowly is a recipe for disaster. Patching can be extremely difficult and bureaucratic, requiring cross-departmental documentation and implementation, depending on the size of the company. IT teams and developers frequently lack a thorough understanding of all of the libraries, components, and tools in use.
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Industry experts believe that, just as the SolarWinds attack changed the game for the software supply chain, the Log4Shell attack will do the same. While patch management regulations and guidelines are already in place in some vital industries, universal legislation is a different matter. The best opportunity businesses have to avoid urgent security patching is through preventative software security, yet security best practices demand that patching is a non-negotiable priority measure.
Putting a greater focus on architectural security (and developers are not prepared)
Developers should be security-skilled if they are to combat common security problems in code, and businesses are responding more positively to the idea of developer-driven prevention.
Learning environments that cover threat modeling, ideally with support from the security team, relieve a lot of strain after developers are up skilled, but most software engineers still have a big knowledge gap.
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