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Looking back at 2021, this past year has brought a lot of change in the cybersecurity world—from new federal regulations to supply chain chaos, natural disasters, increases in cyber attacks and more people working from home than ever before.
In a lot of ways, 2022 is going to be an exciting time for cybersecurity, but there are also a lot of things that should be on your radar heading into the new year. Read on to learn more about our 2022 cybersecurity considerations.
1. When was your last Backup and Disaster Recovery Test?
We saw a record number of earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and severe storms that shut down entire cities’ electrical grids last year. Making sure your organization has the proper backup and disaster recovery protocols in place before you need them will prevent any unscheduled downtime and keep your critical data secure all year.
The larger question is in the event of an actual disaster, would your team be ready and able to connect to critical services when you need them?
SSE can help you answer that question and offers multiple disaster recovery options tailored to identify and meet your needs:
❖ Spin up critical services offsite in the cloud to simulate a natural disaster
❖ Connect your mobile devices to our secure, offsite cloud
❖ Utilize a test team (2 – 5 people) to validate that the right people, process and technology are in place and ready when you need it.
2. More Government Regulation
The Federal Government, in particular the Department of Defense, has made some major moves in an effort to tighten and streamline cybersecurity regulations. CMMC 2.0 will hold companies liable for noncompliance while providing a more streamlined roadmap on how to achieve the necessary levels of cybersecurity required to protect sensitive information.
If you have any questions about these regulations or how to start preparing your business, SSE has you covered.
3. Cyber Insurance
The U.S. alone saw a 17% increase in cyberattacks last year. With that number expected to increase, insurance companies are having to pay out more than their premiums cover on cyber policies. This could mean that providers will begin restricting the number of businesses they cover or even tighten up their parameters of eligibility.
By implementing the following, you can minimize the risk of higher premiums in 2022:
❖ Antivirus and Firewalls
❖ Encryption and Endpoint Protection
❖ Vulnerability Management and Software Patching Procedures
❖ Data Backup and Recovery Procedures in Place and Tested Periodically
❖ Cyber Incident Response Plan in Place and Tested Periodically
4. Securing Remote Work Infrastructure
Eighteen months ago, tens of millions of workers moved from working in an office to working from home. This required an enormous lift from IT departments across the country to accommodate newly acquired devices and establish a functioning infrastructure for remote workers.
Now that most companies have found their rhythm in this “new normal,” it’s important to fortify what was quickly implemented. Whether your entire organization is remote or has adopted a hybrid structure, making sure your devices and security protocols fit your infrastructure will help ensure you mitigate vulnerability breaches in 2022.
5. Supply Chain Challenges
With the state of the global supply chain and distribution in flux, consumers and corporations alike are in a state of desperation, and cybercriminals are taking advantage. The FBI has reported an increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC) strikes in the form of malicious and counterfeit invoices. As we ride out the supply chain storm, it’s important to get in the habit of thoroughly researching new vendors and having stringent vetting protocols surrounding invoices your company receives.
Also, plan now for hardware or projects due to Supply Chain Interruptions. Unfortunately, supply chain issues look to be continuing into the new year.
If you have infrastructure upgrades or workstation builds on your 2022 “To Do” list, SSE can help you plan ahead to meet your deadlines.
How SSE Will Ensure Strong Cybersecurity Defenses in 2022
Let us put our cybersecurity expertise to work for your business, implementing best practices, identifying vulnerabilities and protecting you against emerging cybersecurity threats in 2022. Schedule an initial consultation with our team now!