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2023 cybersecurity predictions

December 2022

by Colin Brown

Every year brings new threats and challenges for the cybersecurity industry, and 2023 is set to be no different. The rapid advances in AI are already being exploited, from ChatGPT to the increasing use of Deep Fake technology, while the aggressive tactics around ransomware and exploitation of data breaches are increasing. Migration to the cloud continues for many organisations, and remote/distributed working has become standard - but many employees remain isolated from the security of the office network perimeter, and still targeted by bad actors looking to exploit the extensive access that corporate devices and VPN still provide. The skills gap is increasing, and the expectation of a global recession will likely see under-resourced IT teams continue to have challenges delivering digital transformation while securing ever-more complex environments. 

However, there also remains huge opportunities for the cybersecurity channel - the use of AI and ML to defend against threats at scale and with even greater automation, the establishment of cybersecurity as a fundamental business priority, and exciting and disruptive technologies continued to be launched to the market. 

In this article we have brought together the 2023 cybersecurity predictions from our vendors and other industry sources to help you better understand some of the evolving threats we might see in the next 12 months.

Trend Micro
The past few years saw rapid development and transition, from users adopting new kinds of contactless technology to enterprises and governments moving further and further into the cloud. Companies expand their digital footprint, and with it their attack surface, leaving cracks in security that cybercriminals eagerly search for and exploit. These criminals continue to become more methodical and professional, building effective and efficient business models to maximize their profits.

Read Trend Micro's predictions here


Did you know that four out of five predictions from Forcepoint's 2022 Future Insights series came true? What security ramifications will 2023 bring? In this Future Insights eBook, senior Forcepoint subject matter experts offer five predictions about the trends they believe will shape security efforts in 2023 and beyond.

Read Forcepoint's predictions here

2022, just like the years before, wasn’t a peaceful year for cybersecurity. The ransomware gang Conti threatened to overthrow the government in Costa Rica. Another cybercriminal collective, Lapsus$, perfected the social engineering attack vector and victimized Microsoft, Nvidia, Uber, Globant, and several other large tech companies, leaking sensitive data throughout the year.

Read Bitdefender's predictions here

Contrast Security
Cybersecurity mayhem is looming in the new year: Contrast Security’s SVP of Cyber Strategy Tom Kellermann is predicting more Denonia-like serverless malware and that Twitter will be turned into a cyberattack launching pad, among other 2023 doom-and-gloom predictions. 

Read Contrast Security's predictions here

Radware reached out to several of their customers to find out what they think 2023 will bring to light in the world of cybersecurity. Read the following to be ahead of the curve.

Read Radware's predictions here

In a time of economic uncertainty and geo-political instability, organisations must adopt a forward-thinking approach to cybersecurity to stay a step ahead and avoid costly breaches. According to IBM, the average cost of a breach in 2022 is $4.35 million. Email continues to be the primary attack vector and investment in email and endpoint security must remain a top priority.

Read Cofense's predictions here

Check Point
Hacktivism, deepfakes, attacks on business collaboration tools, new regulatory mandates, and pressure to cut complexity will top organisations’ security agendas over coming year.

Read Check Points's predictions here

No matter what industry you’re in, the end of the year brings a few universal gifts to us all: a crush of retail offers for amazing deals on all the things we need (or want); a slew of conversations on what we learned in the previous year and what we resolve to do more/less/better next year; and predictions for what the new year will bring in terms of challenges and opportunities.

Read ZeroFox's predictions here

In 2022, geopolitical unrest and an expanding online attack surface contributed to the emergence of several themes across the cyber landscape. Infrastructures associated with opposing ideologies were highly targeted, with government agencies, supply chains, and IOT devices falling victim to high-profile campaigns. Cybercriminals launched increasingly advanced attacks on vulnerable entities, with DDoS, ransomware, and hacking for a cause all consistently making headlines. And governments around the world began responding with laws and regulations to combat the escalating threats associated with cyberattacks on organisations big and small.

Read Fortra's predictions here

If business leaders expect post-pandemic operations to be back to normal by 2023, they will be disappointed. The new normal will be continued disruption, resource shortages and growing cybercrime. Consequently, security managers will find themselves in the spotlight, and risk will be the watchword for 2023. We see businesses at risk from exposed data and external threats every day. Many have no idea their organisation is a target. Yet they could reduce risk or eliminate it with one change to their security posture. By looking externally for data leaks and threats, your business could reduce the threat posed by these trends.

Read Skurio's predictions here

In the fast-paced, high-stakes world of risk management, keeping informed about recent developments and cutting-edge trends is beyond essential. Leverage the following expert insights to address cyber security management challenges and to accelerate security program and infrastructure advances. Our expert insights reflect the deep domain expertise that you need in order to enable and implement sophisticated risk management frameworks that measurably improve security performance, governance, and business outcomes. The following reflects an edited transcript of expert-led security insights…

Read CyberTalk.org's predictions here

How do security and risk management leaders keep pace with the future of digital in a post-pandemic scenario? Watch Gartner's complimentary webinar to discover the top predictions prepared by their cybersecurity experts for 2023. You will understand how to have a successful cybersecurity program built for the digital era, as global change could potentially be one crisis away.

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