Essential Cyber Security Practices for 2023 – The Possible Cyber Threats

Essential Cyber Security Practices for 2023 – The Possible Cyber Threats

by | Jan 24, 2023 | Blog Series

In our last article we looked at some of the best practices you should be following for cyber success. Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and are often carried out by large criminal organizations. To protect your business, it is essential to stay aware of emerging attack trends.

In this article, we explore some of the key trends to watch out for in the coming year.

What should you be watching out for?

One-time Password (OTP) Bypass

Hackers are finding ways to bypass multi-factor authentication, a strong form of account security. Methods include reusing a token, sharing unused tokens, using leaked tokens and tricking users into resetting passwords and handing over their OTP. To protect against this, it is important to ensure that your MFS implementation is robust and not easily exploitable.

Attacks on Mobile Devices

Our mobile devices go just about everywhere with us, and this direct connection to a potential victim is not lost on cyber criminals. Mobile device attacks are on the rise, look out for SMS-based phishing (known as ‘smishing’) and mobile malware. Make sure you have good mobile anti-malware and other protections in place.

World Events

Criminal hacking groups have realized that world events and disasters can be profitable. They launch phishing campaigns, which often use social engineering tactics such as sad photos, to play on the emotions of unsuspecting people who are often distracted by the crisis. Be aware of scams surrounding events like these, and educate your employees about the potential risks.

5G Device Attacks

As 5G infrastructure is being built out, it is expected to become a high-risk area for attacks. Hackers will be looking to exploit vulnerabilities in the code of 5G routers, mobile devices, and PCs. To prepare, make sure to be aware of firmware security when purchasing new 5G-enabled devices and ensure that they have been manufactured with firmware security in mind.

This list is by no-means exhaustive…

As 2023 progresses, so do the cyber threats. It is important to stay informed of emerging attack trends and update your IT security accordingly to protect your business. Be proactive in your approach to cyber security, aware of potential risks, and take steps to avoid them.

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