Business Wire

KnowBe4’s Team of Cybersecurity Experts Release Predictions for 2022

Share

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced its 2022 cybersecurity predictions from its team of industry experts.

The predicted cybersecurity trends for 2022 include:

  • Nuclear Ransomware 3.0
    A trend that is currently building for the future on the side of the bad actor is that ransomware gangs are morphing into "everything gangs." Instead of just doing ransomware and data exfiltration, they are doing cryptomining, botnet creation, DDoS attacks, etc. The attack gangs of the future will look at every new victim as a pot of gold and try to figure out what to do and in which order to maximize financial value extraction.
  • New Malware Family: Not the Kind You Would Welcome Into Your Home
    A new dangerous and persistent metamorphic malware family called “Tardigrade” is a new strain of Windows malware. It can constantly adapt to avoid detection and was first found targeting the biotech industry, including the infrastructure behind vaccine manufacturing, according to security researchers. This “metamorphic” ability prevents the malware from leaving a consistent signature behind, making it very hard for antivirus programs to spot. It contains the sneaky ability to spread both via phishing emails and USB devices.
  • Virtually Pwned
    Meta, the brand formerly known as Facebook, will entice masses to join the Metaverse. This will spawn a rush to establish dominance in the virtual world. As a result, hackers will also be drawn into this world, and we will see virtual attacks against both individuals and organizations. We will see an explosion of bad things happen to people and resources in the virtual world…virtual looting, virtual theft, account takeovers and more creative criminal exploits.
  • Disinformation Powered by Deep Fakes Will Cause a Political/Financial Circus
    We will see a coordinated disinformation campaign that will rely heavily on deep fakes and manipulated footage to cause a political/financial circus. A deep fake could be used to manipulate a certain political party’s views by stating false opinions, promises or beliefs of a particular candidate. This could cause a chain reaction of certain organizations pulling funds from a political campaign based on statements made by the deep fake.
  • An Attack Against Cryptocurrency Will Hit Real World Economies
    A major cryptocurrency will be attacked, causing billions of dollars in lost value either through direct theft or in value loss. Many individuals and organizations will be severely impacted and it will be referred to as the Black Crypto Day.
  • A Major EU Power Station/Utility Provider Will Be Crippled in a Novel Way Other Than Ransomware
    Most likely somewhere in Eastern Europe, we will see some bad actors cut off your power, your gas and your water. Then as you watch in horror as your phone, tablets and laptop batteries die, they will hand out an olive branch that many will be ready to accept, but at what cost?
  • Someone Will Hack Back the Wrong Bad Actor and Trigger an International Incident
    An overly-eager security researcher will think they have identified the culprit behind a major attack. In an act of retaliation, they will hack back only to discover they did not attribute the attack correctly. This will cause a major international incident and the organization responsible will be placed under extreme scrutiny.
  • The Rise of Dark Economy M&A
    A lot of criminal gangs have become extremely wealthy. In fact, some shady organizations are large enough to be listed on a stock exchange. So, we will see a more formalized dark economy emerge with some M&A activity taking place as some gangs will look to cash-in by selling their organization while others look to grow in capability and reach.
  • When AI Goes Wrong In 2022
    We’ll see the first wave of intelligent attack bots. The future is good threat hunting bots versus bad bots and the best algorithm wins.

“In many ways, it seems as if things are getting worse for cybersecurity professionals who are trying their best to protect their organizations,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “But I think we are starting to see more of a focus on the human element, including human behavior, of cybersecurity protection measures. This is a positive shift in direction because people can implement all of the technical tools and controls in the world, but if they do not focus their efforts on the human layer of security, they are going to run into challenges. At the end of the day, a strong security culture is what truly matters and what we will see organizations focused on as we move into 2022.”

The predicted trends were collected from KnowBe4’s global team of security awareness advocates who are experts with decades of experience in the cybersecurity field. For more information on KnowBe4’s team of experts, visit https://www.knowbe4.com/security-awareness-training-advocates.

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 44,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.

To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.

Contact information

Amanda Tarantino
amandat@knowbe4.com

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire



Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Alation Launches “Data Radicals” Podcast with Revolutionary Insights Transforming the Way We Use Data19.1.2022 15:00:00 CET | Press release

Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, today announced the debut of its podcast, “Data Radicals.” Hosted by Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder of Alation, “Data Radicals” is a show for business, data, and technology enthusiasts who seek to enable individuals and organizations to use data in powerful ways. The podcast kicks off today, with the first 5 episodes available online, as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are available. “Data Radicals” is for anyone interested in how data, science, and technology can help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Episodes explore how data leaders and academics are driving data culture and the role they play in changing how people think and work. The podcast leaves listeners with an understanding of how to facilitate data-driven decision-making and data literacy at all levels of an organization. “The launch of ‘Data Radicals’ gives business leaders, entrepreneurs, and those of us passionate about

Protegrity Partners With Google Cloud to Support BigQuery Remote Functions19.1.2022 15:00:00 CET | Press release

Protegrity, a global leader in data security, today announced it has partnered with Google Cloud to support the upcoming release of BigQuery remote functions. First announced at Google Cloud Next ‘21 in October, BigQuery remote functions offer Google Cloud customers the ability to extend BigQuery with their own external code. With support for remote functions, Protegrity adds an additional layer of data protection, while enabling customers to deliver faster, more robust analysis through Google Cloud BigQuery. Protegrity’s partnership with Google Cloud lays a strong foundation to deliver de-identified data sets across many Google Cloud services. In addition to its support for Google Cloud remote functions, Protegrity also announced the availability of the Cloud API for Google Cloud, a serverless API that can be used to integrate data protection into cloud services and ETL workflows, as well as the Snowflake Protector on Google Cloud. “Through our partnership with Google Cloud, one of th

Mavenir Study Reveals Moving to Converged 5G Packet Core Can Reduce TCO by up to 36%19.1.2022 15:00:00 CET | Press release

Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, released an in-depth study, with Monica Paolini at Senza Fili, highlighting how accelerating the move to a Converged 5G Core (5GC) can reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 36%. The study concludes that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can save by moving to a cloud-native Converged 5GC with 5G Standalone (SA) support as they deploy their 5G access network, instead of relying on legacy EPC technologies and 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) packet core support. The longer the MNO delays the transition to a Converged 5GC, the higher the transition costs. The basis of the research, a TCO comparative analysis, revealed that the cost incurred in postponing the adoption of a Converged 5G core increases the TCO over a five-year period. The model assumes that the MNO moves to a state-of-the-art cloud-native converged 5GC and SA solution

Brightcove Named a Leader in The Aragon Research Globe™19.1.2022 15:00:00 CET | Press release

Brightcove Inc. (Nasdaq: BCOV), the global leader in video for business, was named a Leader in the Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Video, 20221, based on its excellence in product performance, strategy, and vision. Aragon Research defines the leader position as "companies that have comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand, and that effectively perform against that strategic backdrop.” Brightcove emerged as the leader in enterprise video at a pivotal time where video has become the most important way for organizations to engage with their workforce and customers. “In our research for the Enterprise Video Globe Report, we look into product performance and strategy and vision for each organization,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Aragon Research. “Brightcove is positioned as a leading enterprise video solution that can meet the needs of enterprise organizations of all sizes and industries." The eighth annual Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Video, 20

Eyekandy Launches Brand ‘MetaStores’ for the Metaverse19.1.2022 14:38:00 CET | Press release

Eyekandy, one of the world's leading Augmented Reality (AR) Providers for Commerce, today announced its MetaStore service for retailers and brands. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220118006141/en/ This is an example of a Metastore. #endlesspossibilities (Source: eyekandy Metastore) The service will enable retailers and brands to easily deploy custom stores and sales campaigns into the metaverse to promote or sell digital goods, such as NFT’s. Metaverse projects can be a major cost and distraction for a marketing world that is still figuring out what the metaverse is and how it can be of most benefit. Eyekandy represents a one-stop-shop for retailers and brands to test and learn all things metaverse, without having to get into the detail of how to do it successfully. Richard Clarke, Head of Metaverse & NFT’s at Eyekandy added: “Launching successfully in the Metaverse is a complex, multilayered project. It is a

Ekata Expands Account Opening Solution to Help Online Businesses Assess Risk at Account Creation19.1.2022 14:00:00 CET | Press release

Ekata, a global leader in digital identity verification, today expanded its account opening solutions to help online businesses worldwide quickly identify and flag risky account sign-ups. Powered by a proprietary data set and machine learning, Ekata's account opening solutions assess the risk of new accounts in real-time, enabling businesses to create streamlined onboarding experiences for legitimate customers and reject or add friction to high-risk customers. Ekata’s new capabilities expand its existing account opening solution for financial services and fintech companies. Increasingly, fraud occurs earlier in the customer journey at the account creation stage, not just during transactions. In the past year alone, more than half of ecommerce companies experienced an increase in promotion abuse, with individuals creating multiple accounts to take advantage of limited-time promotions, causing significant loss to retailers. Marketplaces have also seen more malicious users impacting platf

Tinubu® Square Americas Names Jessica Mann as General Manager19.1.2022 14:00:00 CET | Press release

Tinubu® Square Group, the leading software provider for the Credit & Surety industry, has appointed Jessica Mann as General Manager of Tinubu Square Americas. Through its technology platform, Tinubu Square Americas processes CIRCA 50% of the bonds issued in the US. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220119005502/en/ Jessica MANN General Manager Tinubu Square Americas (Photo: Tinubu Square) In her new role, Jessica will implement the Group Business Strategic plan in the Americas, with responsibility over the P&L, the business growth in all defined market segments and products ensuring retention and nurturing of the customer base. Jessica Mann brings to Tinubu Square Americas her strong background in Surety management and underwriting, notably with her most recent role with Everest Insurance as Vice President, Head of Commercial Surety, where she led Everest’s expansion of its commercial surety business. She also h

In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.

Visit our pressroom