Anticipated Cybersecurity Trends in 2023 and Beyond

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, November 17, 2022

Protecting digital assets and important infrastructure from cyberattacks continues to increase, so leaders should know the emerging trends to help their organisations adapt to these changes while continuing to innovate.

FREMONT, CA:The global pandemic has dramatically transformed how and where individuals work. In this era, cybersecurity initiatives have only increased in urgency. The stakes for protecting digital assets and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks continue to increase. With these aspects, several trends will emerge in 2023 and beyond.

Negative, Zero, and Positive Trust

A transformation in the implementation of zero trust is on the way, with positive and negative execution that will continue to morph in 2023. Zero trust product suppliers will create marketing messages implying positive or negative intent. Some businesses will provide positive zero-trust authentication and behavioural monitoring, while others will use a closed security model to highlight what should happen when a negative zero-trust event occurs. These will be akin to security, orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) solutions that are zero-trust enabled and focus on actions when inappropriate activity is detected.

Therefore, there will be positive zero trust solutions managing authentication workflows, negative zero trust solutions driving in deep when malicious activity is detected, and marketing around zero trust exceeding any messaging from vendors focusing on the behavioural outcomes of zero trust.

In the near future, this technology will advance, and both halves of the zero-trust model—positive and negative—will essentially cancel each other. This will eventually occur with the emergence of complete end-to-end solutions covering use cases for both appropriate and inappropriate zero-trust behaviour.

Camera-Based Malware

In 2023, there will be smart cameras and the technology embedded within to leverage vulnerabilities. The camera on mobile devices is a powerful tool for documenting memories, history, and daily life. These cameras have been augmented with algorithms to recognise QR codes and artificial intelligence to enhance pictures. There have been many discussions on the risks of using QR codes, and today people have only begun to understand the risks of smart cameras.

Malware and exploits are embedded in photos and applications designed to render them. In 2023, the technology allowing for photo and video capture will become exploitable for malware execution. This malicious behaviour may not exploit the technology within to run code. However, it will result in obfuscating sensitive information, providing misinformation, embedding malware, or performing some other form of misdirection based on the content. As cameras become more complex, the risk surface expands for novel approaches that could lead to their exploitation.

Our current global environment is testing resiliency. As organisations continue to digitally transform, this has created new and increased cyber risks. Protecting these digital connections should stay top of mind for leaders helping their companies adapt to these changes while continuing to innovate.

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