The rapid emergence and evolution of digital business models and the increasing complexity of cybersecurity threats have created a critical juncture for risk and security executives. They need to manage the changes in their organization’s digital footprint and ensure they have the necessary skills and resources to protect themselves.

One of the most important factors that businesses and individuals can consider when protecting themselves from cybersecurity threats is proactive protection. This report explores the top 10 cybersecurity threats expected to affect the world in 2022.

Stealing Data for Ransom

There are various types of ransomware, but the basic concept is the same: You must pay a ransom to access your data. Usually, attackers will follow up with a second ransom to prevent the stolen data from being sold online.

The final step in a cyberattack is ransomware, typically the payload that an attacker deploys after gaining access to a victim’s network. The first step in this process usually involves phishing or social engineering attacks. Once they have a foothold in a network, they can then start to deploy ransomware on all the devices they can reach.

Phishing and Email Impersonation

One of the most dangerous techniques that cybercriminals use is social engineering, mainly because it relies on human error. This makes it easier to trick a person than it is to break a security system.

In 2022, social engineering attacks such as email impersonation and phishing are expected to continue to evolve due to the increasing number of new tactics and technologies. For instance, the rise of cryptocurrency-related attacks is expected to remain a significant threat.

More Identity Theft

The increasing number of attacks on identity systems is expected to continue to make this a primary target for attackers. They are also likely to use misuse credentials to access their targets. A term that describes a collection of processes and tools designed to defend identity systems is called IDR. In the long run, more consolidated solutions will emerge.

Third-Party Exposure

Through third-party exposure, cybercriminals can easily access a victim’s security system by hacking networks that are not protected by security measures. As more companies rely on third-party contractors to complete their work, this type of exposure is expected to become a growing concern in 2022.