JOHN MCCLURG , SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CISO AT BLACKBERRY , DISCUSSES THE KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR CISOS AS WE ENTER INTO A NEW YEAR , TO MAKE CERTAIN THEY OPERATE WITH A SECURE STRATEGY TO ENSURE SUCCESS FILTERS FROM THE TOP DOWN .
Top CISO priorities and trends for 2023 ver the past few
O years , organisations have been busy grappling with the security requirements of managing newly remote workforces . As we look ahead to 2023 , while we will turn a corner on the global pandemic , we anticipate an increase in the quantity and severity of cyberattacks , which will have significant consequences for organisations that aren ’ t prepared . So , what should cybersecurity leaders be prepared for in 2023 ?
Why 2023 will be the year of more sophisticated ransomware attacks
The threat landscape is rapidly expanding and bad actors will be relentless in their efforts to carry out more sophisticated attacks in the year ahead . This year , CISOs should be prepared for threat actors to continuously develop new tactics , techniques and procedures ( TTPs ) to try and stay one step ahead of vendors .
Additionally , we can expect threat actors to leverage the massive cyber power of Quantum Computing wherever possible . While this technology defines a new , evolving era of advancements in data , Quantum Computing also offers a new set of opportunities for threat actors to gain access to sensitive information that could immobilise organisations . Security leaders must ensure their teams are vigilant and proactive as attackers continue to seek out innovative and creative ways to work around cybersecurity solutions .
Adopt a prevention-first approach to close the security skills gap
BlackBerry research revealed that eight-in-10 security leaders agree that filling specialised roles remains a key challenge , with many organisations lacking in-house expertise in incident response , cloud security and malware analysis . Even with the best cybersecurity tools available , if an organisation lacks the skills to manage them effectively then they cannot be confident in their ability to hunt and eradicate threats . This problem is most acute for small businesses that are unable to recruit and retain skilled staff to optimise their investments .