A look into what 2022 will bring for data privacy and security

The coming year will likely bring many changes when it comes to business management and data security. But one thing will always remain the same. Investing in your business means investing in your digital security and data privacy. Understanding the landscape of cyber threats can help you prepare for the future, even if we don’t fully know what will come our way. Here are a few things you can likely expect the new year to hold in store for us all.  

Ongoing Risk of General Data Theft or Ransom 

Being smart with your data means staying vigilant for risks of hacking or data leaks. Your business is likely feeling the growing pains of a more remote workforce or moving documentation into the cloud and the new vulnerabilities that creates. But the digital transformation has been underway for several years now and it might be that you feel that you have fallen behind. Whatever new trends in cybersecurity take shape next year, keep in mind that the best way to deal with them is to be smart about your data. Keep passwords strong and don’t duplicate. Make sure you and your team are using Two Factor Authentication when possible. Avoid untrustworthy apps, links, and internet hot spots. Keep the basics of data privacy and security at the heart of your cyber protection strategy and you’ll be in a strong position no matter what the world throws at you.  

The Rise of Automotive Hacking 

As more cars and trucks are built with smart features, what was once a relatively innocuous data front has quickly become a new source of risk for businesses and consumers alike. Many modern vehicles now come packed with automated software creating seamless connectivity for drivers. Features include automated cruise control, engine timing, door lock, airbags, and advanced systems for driver assistance. And because these vehicles use Bluetooth and WiFi technologies to communicate, this opens them to several vulnerabilities or threats from hackers.

Consider how a hacker could benefit from location data stolen from your GPS. Or even consider how risky it would be for hackers to gain control of a vehicle or using microphones for eavesdropping. All these scenarios are expected to rise in 2022 with more use of automated vehicles. Not to mention the strict cybersecurity measures self-driving or autonomous vehicles will need. As the next step of the connected internet of things, keep an eye on how your car opens you up to new vulnerabilities.  

Increased Risk to Mobile 

Cybersecurity trends predicted a considerable increase for mobile banking, making our handheld devices a potentially lucrative prospect for hackers. Next, we are moving into a world of IoT devices all connected by a new 5G Network. As 5G networks roll out globally, a new era of inter-connectivity will become a reality. And with it comes new vulnerabilities that accompany any new expansion of technology. Communication between multiple devices opens them to vulnerabilities from outside influence, attacks, or an unknown software bug. 5G architecture is still effectively new in the industry. It requires a lot of research to find loopholes to make the system secure from external attacks. Every step of the 5G network might bring a new round of attacks that we can’t really predict. 

Even more, business is being done remotely than ever before. So make sure your employees are on top of things when it comes to mobile use. Because smartphone virus or malware trends may capture the attention of the cybersecurity community pretty early in 2022. 

For more tips on how to protect your digital security in the coming years, connect with the team at Happy Faces Records Management today.  

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