Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has experienced vast change with an increase in online ordering, videoconferencing, telemedicine, remote learning, and more. Cyberattacks also have been on the rise, and such threats will continue to challenge organizations and disrupt lives in 2022 as well.
As companies are being forced to evolve and keep up with the changing environment, we see several cybersecurity future trends. We share the top 10 emerging trends in our eBook Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022. As a preview, here are three of those predictions:
- The hybrid workplace will be the next frontier for cyber. During the pandemic, many organizations transformed their workplaces into fully remote setups. Now, some employees are returning to the office while others are still working from home, creating a hybrid workplace environment. With this new configuration, companies need to know that workers are productive and secure online, which will require an overhaul of how they think about security.
- Governments will put the squeeze on cyber syndicates. Cybercrime is on the upswing worldwide with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the pandemic, according to the United Nations. Governments in the U.S. and around the globe will attempt to squelch cybercrime groups and make it more difficult for them to elude law enforcement. Such actions could include new search warrant laws and anti corruption legislation that will impede the use of cryptocurrency. We even predict that at least one major cybercrime ring will be shut down in 2022.
- High schools and trade schools will start to train the cyber workforce. Currently, there are 4.19 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide, including more than 1.14 million workers in the U.S., according to the (ISC)2 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. Yet, the industry is still facing a serious shortage of cybersecurity talent. The study estimates that the cybersecurity workforce needs to increase by 65% to defend against cyber threats.
We predict that educational programs such as trade schools with specialized degrees and high school programs with a focus on cybersecurity skills will fill the gap by training a new cyber workforce. This trend means that, in the near future, companies will be able to hire talent directly from trade schools and high schools in addition to seeking candidates with four-year college degrees.
We have more predictions about cybersecurity future trends, and over the years, we’ve had a knack for getting it right. Will nation-state attackers crank up the use of disinformation? Will cyber insurance be harder for companies to get? Will natural disasters affect the risk of cyberattacks? Will Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification be expanded?
Read more about the top 10 emerging trends in our eBook Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022.