This year is coming to an end, and the cybersecurity community is working hard on technologies and solutions that will protect consumers and business users in 2022 and beyond. Bitdefender Labs and its Managed Detection and Response team are renowned for their keen insights of the rapidly evolving threat landscape.
Here are the top five cybersecurity predictions for 2022 from our experts:
1. Ransomware will continue to dominate the threat landscape
Unfortunately, our prediction for increased ransomware activity in 2021 came true. 2021 was extremely active for ransomware. Solar Winds, The Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, and Brenntag are just some of the big names involved in ransomware attacks that the US Treasury tied to $5.2 billion worth of payments during 2021 alone.
“Ransomware will continue to be the most lucrative type of cyber-crime in 2022. We expect to see an increase in Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) attacks that will focus on data exfiltration for blackmailing purposes,” said Dragos Gavrilut, director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab at Bitdefender. “Just like any mature business, ransomware will have to constantly keep up with both competition and cyber-security vendors alike.”
Bitdefender also expects a boost in ransomware for Linux environments that target ESXi storage or templates.