– The global cybersecurity industry will employ 3.4 million additional professionals to help neutralize the threat of cybercrime
LONDON, January 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), a leading Fortune 500 global technology services company, has predicted five ways the digital security landscape will impact life and business in 2023 and beyond.
As one of the leading providers of cyber security solutions globally with more than 3,000 experts helping the world’s largest companies increase resilience, DXC Technology sees the evolving threat landscape as well as the opportunities to address them.
1. The cybersecurity arms race will accelerate
Both cybercriminals and cyber security professionals will use artificial intelligence (AI) in an increasingly sophisticated ghost battle. In the case of cybersecurity defenses, artificial intelligence is mainly used to identify patterns of suspicious behavior. Due to the volume of suspicious activity and the number of false positives, cybersecurity personnel are often overwhelmed.
The good news is that in 2023 and beyond, we should be able to start automating AI-based security controls and response mechanisms – helping to respond to cyberattacks faster and more accurately, reducing potential downtime, and protecting personal and business data.
“While artificial intelligence can automate the detection and removal of threats, the underlying processes are based on understanding past activity, which will encourage cybercriminals to devise new types of attacks,” he said. Mark Hughes, president of security at DXC Technology. “Keeping up will be a challenge, especially if quantum computing enters the fray in the coming years, where today’s defenses could be breached in seconds.”
2. We will have to be careful about who we are meditate who we talk to in the metaverse (while holding tight to our digital wallets)
2023 will be an important year for the metaverse with Meta, Microsoft, Virbel and others counting on virtual worlds to become mainstream. However, activity in the metaverse can raise questions about identity; how do you know that the person who meditate who are you talking to they are they who are Digital certificates, perhaps built on blockchain, could help. These certificates can also be used to secure virtual transactions in the metaverse. It is clear that as the metaverse expands, so will the risks.
3. Geopolitical attacks on cybersecurity will increase, but will also lead to innovation in defense
Russian attack on Ukraine reminded us in the starkest possible way that warfare is now hybrid and that the risks of geopolitically motivated cyberattacks are real. As a result, many cyber insurance policies are now written to exclude acts of cyber warfare, creating challenges for mitigating cyber risk.
With lingering geopolitical tensions, this threat will continue into 2023. In fact, with more than 70 countries scheduled to hold government elections in 2023 (events often targeted by state-sponsored actors), it will be a challenging year for cybersecurity defenses. However, we can learn from case studies such as of Ukraine ‘exemplary’ defense against Russian cyberattacks.
Cybersecurity attacks will target the critical national infrastructure that powers our homes
When the lights go out or the gas goes out, most people probably won’t think it’s the result of an industrial cybersecurity breach. But operational technology (OT) is the new battleground for cyberattacks, with systems that control and automate factories and civilian infrastructure (including power plants and dams) becoming targets.
With ongoing geopolitical tensions, the OT cyber threat will increase in 2023 and put pressure on industries to ensure they stay one step ahead by investing in cyber security protection across all their operations.
Career opportunities in cybersecurity will grow
It is estimated that there is a global shortage of around 3.4 million cybersecurity workers. With the growing threats of advanced technologies, that number is likely to increase.
The cyber skills gap is creating career opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. In the UK, for example, there are currently approximately 1,000 graduate cyber security opportunities listed on careers portal GradCracker. But not only graduates can benefit. Many companies offer the opportunity for people to retrain in cybersecurity.
“Cybersecurity inclusivity extends to neurodiversity,” he added Mark Hughes. “For example, DXC’s Dandelion program helps people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological conditions build careers in IT, including cybersecurity. The growth of the cyber threat creates career opportunities for people of all backgrounds.”
Cyber threats will continue to increase in speed and complexity through 2023 and beyond, but so will the ability to deploy the latest technologies, approaches and talent to address them. “The cyber security arms race is an apt analogy – the right side has to win,” he concluded. Mark Hughes.
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