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The Biggest Vulnerability Challenges in 2022: What Most CISOs Think

The emergence of cyber-vulnerabilities is an ever-increasing challenge in the security space. Moreover, the arena is increasingly challenging with the prominent confluence of conventional and innovative systems.

CISOs have an entirely different set of challenges to face, especially during and post the pandemic. As the entire world was struggling with the creative challenges imposed by the never-before-seen Coronavirus, security experts were constantly under pressure to ensure enterprises turn less vulnerable to the creative challenges. Post-pandemic, the struggle continues. Contemporary CISOs find themselves surrounded by unique circumstances. The current security space is certainly challenging yet full of opportunities to innovate.

CISOs will quickly agree that the cyber threats encountered in 2021 were highly evolved. The attackers were always in search of new ways to breach enterprises. In addition, there was continuous research happening on exploring zero-day vulnerabilities by hackers.

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Today’s hackers are equally efficient, and it is hardly an easy task to prevent such attacks. Furthermore, both newer and older software and hardware have become significant in today’s cyberspace. Therefore, it is a significant challenge for enterprises to advise successfully, design, and implement a strategy that combines both OT and IT features to integrate them better.

The increasing occurrence of supply chain attacks is another vulnerability challenge. Supply chain attacks are more disastrous and have taken the focus out of the more common ‘one-to-one, hacker victim type of incidents.

Nullifying the effects of cyber security vulnerabilities is a significant challenge as the chain reaction initiated by a single attack on an individual can compromise the network of providers. Malware is the most common type of supply chain attack.

Lack of awareness is another immediate concern for enterprises amidst the highly aggressive cyber security landscape. Consequently, enterprises remain challenged to prioritize reinforcing their cybersecurity section. Cybersecurity networks need a constant upgrade.

Sufficient cybersecurity awareness can prevent data loss and network attacks that may ruin an organization’s reputation. However, ensuring awareness of cyberattacks is still a challenge for several enterprises because a significant percentage of employees cannot identify the threats present online or the way they function. For example, phishing emails often go unnoticed and result in many people clicking on such an email that may compromise sensitive data to hackers.
Ensuring a robust cloud strategy is in place is another priority for CISOs.

Unfortunately, most of the cloud management strategies currently in use are unable to offer encryption protocols or authentication. Continuous use of inadequate cloud strategies may lead to bypassing of internal policies or critical files.

It is critical to implement novel protective measures to prevent and respond in time to prospective supply chain threats while reducing their influence.

Overcoming the impacts of fragmentation concerning the cloud is another concern for CISOs in 2022.

The attack surface gets complicated as the cloud consists of various platforms, including hybrid and multi-cloud environments. As a result, it becomes a complex task to assess, protect and react to the attack as per the requirement.

CISOs will have to implement a strategic approach before implementing borderless security based on a ZTA (Zero Trust Architecture). The security controls and accessibility management policies need to be redesigned to ensure and leverage the shift to ZTAs.

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