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2024 cybersecurity predictions

December 2023

by Colin Brown

It's that time of year - getting out the crystal ball, and looking towards what the next year might bring. If we consider the acceleration of technology like in 2023, there's no doubt that the upcoming 12 months will bring significant changes, challenges and threats for the cybersecurity industry. 

So what's in store? Some of the headline topics include:

- AI, no surprise here but the inexorable rise of artifical intelligence will continue to evade and challenge security measures
- Cybersecurity controls, not just tools - being able to manage your technology estate is a fundamental to enforce cybersecurity strategy and policy
- The implications of data breaches, and the risk for more lawsuits and punishing fines or legal enforcement
- Misinformation, social engineering and deepfakes will blur the line, making it increasingly challenging to trust what's in front of you
- The increasing complexity and diversity of cloud environments will present more opportunities for security gaps, misconfigurations and exploits
- SUpply chain risks will lengthen, and organisations will need to review every part of their partner and customer networks

To help provide quick insights from some of the leaders in the cybersecurity industry, we've brought together links to a range of blogs and opinion pieces on what we can expect to see in 2024. 

Trend Micro

2024 is poised to be a hotbed for new challenges in cybersecurity. As both economic and political terrains continue to undergo digitization, enterprises will increasingly leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), the cloud, and Web3 technologies. While these innovations are expected to lend a hand to organizations, they also provide opportunities for cybercriminals by promising big returns, more streamlined operations on wider impact zones, and more targeted victims.

Read Trend Micro's predictions here

With continued economic uncertainty, combined with a predicted $9.5 trillion in damages from cybercrime in 2024 according to Cybersecurity Ventures, organizations will once again have to decide where they place their resources to protect their business. And as we continue to see, secure email gateways (SEGs) are still unreliable as a main source of email security, as they can miss up to 50% of malicious emails targeting enterprise organizations.

Read Cofense's predictions here

It’s that time of year again! When everyone talks about the future and tries to predict what threats will persist or grow versus those that may shrink or fade away entirely. Just as last year, we decided to evaluate future threats with an eye on what we consider to be “Always On,” “On the Horizon,” or “Overhyped.”

Read ZeroFox's predictions here

2023 was an explosive year for cybersecurity. Talk of post-quantum cryptography heated up, with several algorithms now under consideration for standardization by NIST, IoT device usage – and with it, machine identities – continued to explode, creating a plethora of security challenges, AI became more widely available than ever before thanks to generative AI solutions, many organizations found themselves facing a security talent gap, and the list goes on.

Read Keyfactor's predictions here

Check Point
The cyber security landscape is transforming at an exciting, yet sometimes unnerving pace. As the landscape becomes both broad and nuanced, modern CISOs must now sift through a staggering amount of information.

Separate the signal from the noise. Prepare for the year ahead with predictions from five of Check Point’s global CISOs.

Read Check Point's predictions here

2023 was the year geopolitical and economic clouds collided, and as we look to 2024, we are still experiencing the fallout. State actors continue to play a major part, with The Big Four —China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran— seen as the worst and most aggressive offenders. In the face of mounting complexity and evolving attacks, the cry for sophisticated and integrated security was heard from organisations across the UK last year, and it will no doubt continue in 2024.

Read Censornet's predictions here