2022 Will Be the Year of the Cyber ‘Shift Show’

As ransomware continues to infect organizations across industries, remote work continues and innovation brings with it new threat factors for bad actors to exploit, 2022 is poised to be another chaotic year for cybersecurity.

In July 2021 alone, organizations Lost $45 million for ransomware. What’s more, the ransomware costs expected to reach $265 billion by 2031. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that “there will be a new attack every two seconds as ransomware perpetrators gradually improve their malware payloads and related extortion activities.” But ransomware isn’t the only cybersecurity concern that business leaders should consider as the new year approaches.

As companies increasingly turn to digital channels such as apps and websites to direct daily business and customer interactions, these endpoints present new threat factors for bad actors to exploit. According to Okta 2021 Businesses @ Work Transfer, large organizations (think AWS, Zoom and Box) publish an average of 175 consumer and developer facing applications, with smaller companies averaging a little lower at 73.

What’s more, improvements in malicious activities such as app cloning, credential collection, and app spoofing will continue to cause headaches. In 2021, organizations and consumers across all sectors have had to confront new and emerging bad actors in the cyberspace. One example: Android banking Trojan Share bot (first discovered in October 2021), it can perform overlay attacks to steal login credentials and credit card information and can intercept banking communications sent via SMS. So far, the bots are believed to have targeted banking and crypto-exchange apps across the UK, US and Italy.

But there is a way organizations can enhance their cybersecurity today to future-proof their actions against the cybersecurity threats and concerns that will breeze in the new year: It starts with “turning left” and embracing DevSecOps within your organization.

Prepare for impact

One way that organizations can better prepare and defend their organizations against the next surge of cyber attacks is by adopting a security philosophy for developers known as Turn Left. In other words, build security into your DevOps strategy from the start. In industry circles, this practice is also known as embracing DevSecOps.

DevSecOps involves building a flexible partnership between engineers, operations, and security teams to build security across all DevOps operations. Mainly, with the goal of relieving bottlenecks of legacy security models on the CI/CD pipeline. DevSecOps also requires increased communication and collaboration between development, IT, and security teams to ensure that security practices such as testing are performed in iterations throughout the code development lifecycle. according to GartnerBy 2022, 90% of software development projects are expected to benefit from DevSecOps practices – a 50% increase from 2019.

But for cybersecurity to be sustainable, it must be embedded in all aspects of the DevOps process – from production to testing to deployment. But until then, it’s important to remember that DevSecOps alone is not a silver bullet for security. It is the starting point. And as cybersecurity becomes more critical to enhancing business success and resiliency, it’s the least your organization should do in 2022.

DevSecOps alone will not work

While DevSecOps serves as an important foundation for the mission to expand business resilience, it will not prepare your organization to withstand the constant onslaught of attacks in cyberspace alone. Since most of the time, companies are fighting Countries In cyberspace – and more often than not, this is a losing battle.

In 2022, as threat vectors widen and intensify, it will be imperative for organizations to innovate with cybersecurity at the fore, across all aspects of development, deployment and production. Adopting DevSecOps practices across your organization, or shifting to the left, is one way organizations can boost business resilience as we head into another unexpected year in cyberspace.

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