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Cyber criminals have been busy throughout 2021, and experts are forecasting more attacks targeting vulnerabilities caused by moving to hybrid workforces. Ransomware attacks that we’ve seen in 2021 will also continue in 2022. However, there are other types of attacks that the experts believe will ramp up in 2022, and businesses need to be aware of these issues and work quickly to protect themselves.

Most large companies accept the fact that they are targets for cyber crime, but many small business leaders are unaware of the fact that 43% of cyber attacks are targeting small businesses. There is a wide range of attacks that will increase in 2022, and companies of all sizes need to respond to these threats.

1. Supply Chain Attacks

There were several prominent supply chain attacks in 2021, including the SolarWinds, Codecov, and Kaseya attacks. In a supply chain attack, cyber criminals can breach one system and infect all the companies that communicate with the breached system. Given the success of these attacks, experts anticipate that the number of supply chain attacks will increase in 2022.

2. Large-Scale Data Breaches

In 2022, data breaches will increase and will be on a larger scale than in 2021. These attacks are going to be more costly than ever before, and ransom demands will increase.

3. Misinformation Campaigns

Misinformation campaigns on social media in 2021 focused on the pandemic and vaccinations, along with election campaigns focused on changing public opinion. Cyber criminals then made money from selling counterfeit vaccine passports and certificates. In 2022, the cyber criminals will escalate misinformation campaigns to find other opportunities for profit.

4. Mobile Attacks

More people are using mobile wallets and payment platforms. In addition, mobile devices are being used more frequently by employees in companies of all sizes. In 2022, cyber criminals will increase their ability to mount mobile attacks, which will affect employees and their employers.

5. Attacks on Microservices at Cloud Service Providers (CSPs)

Microservices are becoming the most popular method for application development, and the move to the cloud is increasing the opportunity for cyber criminals to find vulnerabilities in those microservices. This opportunity will increase the number of large-scale attacks that target CSPs.

6. Continued Attacks Against Hybrid Work Environments

Hybrid work environments rely on tools that are most effectively deployed in the cloud. Cyber criminals know that companies who only protect their perimeter leave a playground for mounting attacks once they gain access to cloud apps. Businesses need to use tools like real-time threat detection using AI to protect their businesses. If you’re not sure how well your business is protected, you may benefit from a cyber security risk assessment that will identify where your business is most vulnerable and what you need to do to address those vulnerabilities.

7. Penetration Tools Will Support More Sophisticated Ransomware Attacks

Penetration tools are intended for use by a business to test their cyber security strategies. Cyber criminals have used those tools to help them launch ransomware attacks, and in 2022, those attacks will become more sophisticated. The tools will be used to customize attacks in real time, resulting in more data breaches and ransomware demands.

The good news is that you can future proof your business by understanding the latest cyber threats – and finding the right protection. Schedule a consultation with Access One experts today to review your cyber security strategies.