A strong cybersecurity strategy requires an understanding of the latest threats. In 2023, you can expect to see several emerging cyber threats. While the severity of these cyber threats may vary, they can all have a negative impact on your business. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the top cybersecurity threats to watch out for in 2023.
You’ve probably heard of phishing, but have you heard of artificial intelligence (AI) phishing? Advancements in AI have paved the way for new cyber threats, including AI phishing. Like all forms of phishing, it’s a cyber threat in which a bad actor attempts to deceive a person or business into providing them with sensitive information. AI phishing is characterized by the use of AI to execute this deception. The bad actor may program an AI bot to contact a person or business while impersonating someone the victim trusts.
Disk wipers are on the rise. Disk wipers are malware that, as the name suggests, are designed to erase disks and storage drives. Other types of malware may seek to steal data, whereas disk wipers are designed to delete data. Hackers who seek to inflict pain on businesses may deploy disk wipers.
Cryptojacking malware has become more common. It’s a type of malware that’s designed to steal the resources of a victim’s computer for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies are mined using computing resources. With cryptojacking malware, a hacker may steal your computing resources for this purpose. You won’t earn any cryptocurrency for it, nor will you be compensated in other methods. Rather, the hacker who deployed the cryptojacking malware will earn the cryptocurrency at the expense of your computing resources.
State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks
State-sponsored cyber attacks are a growing concern for businesses in 2023. As countries continue to develop sophisticated cyber capabilities for espionage and sabotage, experts believe that state-sponsored attacks will become more common. Any cyber attack that’s carried out — either directly or indirectly — by a government is considered a state-sponsored cyber attack.
In addition to cryptojacking malware, you can expect to see more mobile malware in 2023. According to Securelist, malware was used in over two-thirds of all mobile-targeted cyber attacks in 2022. Mobile malware, of course, is malicious software that’s designed specifically for mobile devices. Mobile devices have different operating systems (OSs) than desktop and laptop computers. Mobile malware has been created to bypass their defenses and, thus, infect mobile devices.