The global cost of a data breach last year was USD $4.45 million. This is an increase of 15% over three years. As we begin 2024, it’s crucial to be aware of emerging technology threats. Ones that could potentially disrupt and harm your business.

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. It’s bringing new opportunities and challenges for both businesses and individuals. Some technology can pose serious threats to our digital security, privacy, and safety and it is important to be aware of the threats and take proactive measures to address them.

In this article, we’ll highlight some emerging technology threats to be aware of in 2024 and beyond.

Data Poisoning Attacks
Data poisoning involves corrupting datasets used to train AI models. By injecting malicious data, attackers can skew algorithms’ outcomes. This could lead to incorrect decisions in critical sectors like healthcare or finance. Some actions are vital in countering this insidious threat. These include protecting training data integrity and implementing robust validation mechanisms.

Businesses should use AI-generated data cautiously. It should be heavily augmented by human intelligence and data from other sources.

5G Network Vulnerabilities
The widespread adoption of 5G technology introduces new attack surfaces. With an increased number of connected devices, the attack vector broadens. IoT devices, reliant on 5G networks, might become targets for cyberattacks. Securing these devices and implementing strong network protocols is imperative. Especially to prevent large-scale attacks.

Ensure your business has a robust mobile device management strategy. Mobile is taking over much of the workload. Organizations should properly track and manage how these devices access business data.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Manipulation
AI, while transformative, can be manipulated. Cybercriminals might exploit AI algorithms to spread misinformation. They are already creating convincing facial appearance manipulations and automating phishing attacks. Vigilance is essential as AI-driven threats become more sophisticated. It demands robust detection mechanisms to discern genuine from malicious AI-generated content.

Ransomware Evolves
Ransomware attacks have evolved beyond simple data encryption. Threat actors now use double extortion tactics. They steal sensitive data before encrypting files. If victims refuse to pay, hackers leak or sell this data, causing catastrophic damage to the reputation of the organization.

Some defenses against this include:

• Robust backup solutions
• Regular cybersecurity training
• Proactive threat hunting

Supply Chain Attacks Persist
Supply chain attacks remain a continual threat. Cybercriminals infiltrate third-party vendors or software providers to compromise larger targets. Strengthening supply chain cybersecurity is critical in preventing cascading cyber incidents. Businesses can do this through rigorous vendor assessments, multi-factor authentication, and continuous monitoring.

Biometric Data Vulnerability
Biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, are becoming the norm. But users can’t change biometric data once compromised, like they can passwords. Protect biometric data through secure encryption. Ensure that service providers follow strict privacy regulations. These are critical to preventing identity theft and fraud.

Advanced Phishing Attacks
Phishing attacks are one of the oldest and most common forms of cyberattacks. These attacks are becoming more sophisticated and targeted thanks to AI. For example, hackers customize spear phishing attacks to a specific individual or organization. They do this based on online personal or professional information.

Another example is vishing attacks. These use voice calls or voice assistants to impersonate legitimate entities. They convincingly persuade victims to take certain actions.

Ongoing employee phishing training is vital. As well as automated solutions to detect and defend against phishing threats.

Tips for Defending Against These Threats
As technology evolves, so do the threats that we face. Because of this, it’s important to be vigilant and proactive. Here are some tips that can help:

• Educate yourself and others about the latest technology threats.
• Use strong, unique passwords and multi-factor authentication for all online accounts.
• Update your software and devices regularly to fix any security vulnerabilities.
• Avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments in emails or messages.
• Verify the identity and legitimacy of any callers or senders. Do this before providing any information or taking any action.
• Back up your data regularly to prevent data loss in case of a cyberattack.
• Invest in a reliable cyber insurance policy. One that covers your specific needs and risks.
• Report any suspicious or malicious activity to the relevant authorities.

Need Help Ensuring Your Cybersecurity is Ready for 2024?
Last year’s solutions might not be enough to protect against this year’s threats. Don’t leave your security at risk. We can help you with a thorough cybersecurity assessment, so you know where you stand. Please reach out to Simon Jakubczak, our Service Delivery Manager, or Mike Carver, our Client Relationship Manager.