The global cost of a data breach last year was £3.5 million. This is an increase of 15% over three years. As we step into 2024, it’s vital to be aware of emerging technology threats. Ones that could potentially disrupt and harm your business.
Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and with it bringing new opportunities and challenges for businesses and individuals alike. Some innovations can pose serious threats to your business’s digital security, privacy, and safety.
In this article, Jonathan Cundliffe, owner of J700 Group, a Lancashire IT Support and cyber security provider highlights some emerging technology threats to be aware of in 2024.
Data Poisoning Attacks
Data poisoning involves corrupting datasets used to train AI models. By injecting malicious data, attackers can skew algorithms’ outcomes. This could lead to incorrect decisions in critical sectors like healthcare or finance. Some actions are vital in countering this insidious threat. These include protecting training data integrity and implementing robust validation mechanisms.
Businesses should use AI-generated data cautiously. It should be heavily augmented by human intelligence and data from other sources.
5G Network Vulnerabilities
The widespread adoption of 5G technology introduces new attack surfaces. With an increased number of connected devices, the attack vector broadens. IoT devices, reliant on 5G networks, might become targets for cyberattacks. Securing these devices and implementing strong network protocols is imperative. Especially to prevent large-scale attacks.
Ensure your business has a robust mobile device management strategy. Mobile is taking over much of the workload, Organisations should properly track and manage how these devices access business data.
Quantum Computing Vulnerabilities
Quantum computing, the herald of unprecedented computational power, also poses a threat. Its immense processing capabilities could crack currently secure encryption methods. Hackers may exploit this power to access your companies sensitive data. This emphasises the need for quantum-resistant encryption techniques to safeguard digital information.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Manipulation
AI, while transformative, can be manipulated. Cybercriminals might exploit AI algorithms to spread misinformation. They are already creating convincing deepfakes and automating phishing attacks. Vigilance is essential as AI-driven threats become more sophisticated. It demands robust detection mechanisms to discern genuine from malicious AI-generated content.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Exploits
AR and VR technologies offer immersive experiences. But they also present new vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals might exploit these platforms to deceive users, leading to real-world consequences.
Ensuring the security of AR and VR applications is crucial. Especially to prevent user manipulation and privacy breaches. This is very true in sectors like gaming, education, and healthcare.
Ransomware attacks have evolved beyond simple data encryption. Threat actors now use double extortion tactics. They steal sensitive data before encrypting files. If victims refuse to pay, hackers leak or sell this data, causing reputational damage.
Some defences against this evolved ransomware threat include:
- Robust backup solutions
- Regular cybersecurity training
- Proactive threat hunting
Supply Chain Attacks Persist
Supply chain attacks remain a persistent threat. Cybercriminals infiltrate third-party vendors or software providers to compromise larger targets. Strengthening supply chain cybersecurity is critical in preventing cascading cyber incidents. Businesses can do this through rigorous vendor assessments, multi-factor authentication, and continuous monitoring.
Biometric Data Vulnerability
Biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, are becoming commonplace. But users can’t change biometric data once compromised, like they can passwords. Protect biometric data through secure encryption. Ensure that service providers follow strict privacy regulations. These are paramount to preventing identity theft and fraud.
Advanced Phishing Attacks
Phishing attacks are one of the oldest and most common forms of cyberattacks. These attacks are becoming more sophisticated and targeted thanks to AI. For example, hackers customise spear phishing attacks to a specific individual or organisation. They do this based on online personal or professional information.
Another example is vishing attacks. These use voice calls or voice assistants to impersonate legitimate entities. They convincingly persuade victims to take certain actions.
Ongoing employee phishing training is vital. As well as automated solutions to detect and defend against phishing threats.
Tips for Defending Against These Threats
As technology evolves, so do the threats that we face, therefore it’s important to be vigilant and proactive.
Here are some tips that can help:
- Educate yourself and others about the latest technology threats.
- Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication for all online accounts.
- Update your software and devices regularly to fix any security vulnerabilities.
- Avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments in emails or messages.
- Verify the identity and legitimacy of any callers or senders. Do this before providing any information or taking any actions.
- Back up your data regularly to prevent data loss in case of a cyberattack.
- Invest in a reliable cyber insurance policy. One that covers your specific needs and risks.
- Report any suspicious or malicious activity to the relevant authorities.
Need Help Ensuring Your Cybersecurity is Ready for 2024?
Last year’s solutions might not be enough to protect against this year’s threats. Don’t leave your security at risk. J700 Group can help you with a thorough cybersecurity assessment, so you know where you stand.
J700 Group provide effective IT support and services that enable your business to have secure, responsive and reliable information technology, keeping it running smoothly 24/7. Above this though, we are a family run company who truly care about our customer service and the business relationships we develop.
J700 Group are a Lancashire-based, family-run, professional and responsive, Managed Solutions Provider helping Businesses, to utilise Innovative IT Consultancy Services, Cloud Solutions, Cyber Security, Microsoft 365, Telecoms, Web Design and SEO solutions to propel their organisation to the next level and beyond.
As an experienced IT Support Provider, helping businesses across Lancashire & Manchester, if you need any assistance with your IT including IT Hardware, a Disaster Recovery Policy or Managed Backup Solutions please get in touch with one of our team.
Where to find us: Prinny Mill Business Centre, 68 Blackburn Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 5HL.
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