As technology continues to evolve for business and personal use, cybercriminals are also leveraging innovation in the next generation of attacks, according to Experian.
Additional frontiers are a focus for 2023
In addition to the metaverse, hackers will increasingly explore more frontiers, including space and innovative technology like artificial intelligence, come 2023. A new Experian report outlines several predictions to help companies understand where cybercriminals will lurk and how they will attack. These predictions include the following:
Wild, wild west of the metaverse
While embarking on a virtual life journey is appealing to many, it has vulnerabilities. As the metaverse continues to gain momentum, phishing attempts, NFT-related scams and malware attacks have already begun, with potentially more looming in the year ahead. AR and VR devices increase the impact of data breaches as these devices collect large amounts of personal information and user data. This may increase their potential to be hacked and lead to more sophisticated attacks.
Houston, we have a problem
Thinking about the scale of damage that could result from space satellites being hacked is disconcerting, but it’s also a reality we must prepare for in 2023. The combination of a disjointed regulatory environment and more satellites in orbit than ever opens the door for bad actors to exploit the satellites in orbit, or with a big enough satellite, even launch cyberattacks from space.
Imitation that’s not a form of flattery
While influencers of all types may chase exposure, this isn’t the kind they want. Use of deepfake technology by bad actors could be leveraged for more than just funny videos and elevated to create a new level of strategic mischief. Global leaders, business titans and influential industry experts around the world will need to stay vigilant of the misuse of their image and likeness as deepfake technology may be an increasingly popular tool in warfare and in cybercrime.
Resiliency is the key to winning long-term
Among Experian’s predictions is a long-term outlook that the amount of time to detect and defend against a security intrusion will probably not improve significantly over the next 10 years. Organizations still grapple to prevent data breaches with more than 1,200 breaches this year so fari. Unfortunately, according to IBM, it still takes organizations a lengthy 212 days to identify a cyber intrusion and another 75 days to contain it. Strategies to improve detection and containment need to be shored up.
“In assessing the cyber landscape, we pinpointed a preparedness weakness that needs attention,” said Michael Bruemmer, VP, Global Data Breach Resolution at Experian. “The reality is that cyberattacks can’t be prevented 100 percent of the time, but organizations that can discover and thwart cyberattacks quickly will suffer less damage financially and reputationally. We believe there is a shift in mindset needed to focus on resiliency to complement the pursuit for absolute prevention.”