Be aware of these cyber security topics in 2024 to secure your digital workplace successfully.
As our calendars have turned to 2024, we all look forward to what exciting things the new year will bring us. This is the year when an immortal alien from the planet Zeist will visit us and fix our ozone layer… at least according to the movie Highlander II, which is set in 2024. Disregarding bad movie sequels, 2024 promises to bring many new changes to the table. This is especially true in the world of cyber security. Here, we look at four subjects every IT specialist needs to have on their radar for the coming months.
1. The rise of generative AI
While 2023 was the breakout year for AI, it will become more prominent this year. In terms of IT security, there are two sides to the AI-coin.
On the negative side, the risks and threats will evolve quicker than ever. Phishing attempts will get much smarter and on a much larger scale. This will make employee training in security and awareness a hot topic for 2024.
On the positive side, generative AI will also bring advancements in threat detection and prediction. At the same time, organizations will continue using AI to improve their internal business functions.
2. NIS2 will be the hot topic in the EU
If you see generative AI as a rising threat, the European NIS2 directive will be a welcome countermeasure.
In October, the second revision of the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems, or the NIS2 directive, will come into force.
The directive aims to establish a higher level of cyber security for all organizations within the European Union. Failing to comply with the new regulations can lead to severe fines. Among the technical requirements set up in NIS2, organizations must implement Security incident detection, and also report incidents to authorities. There will also be higher requirements for Access control, secure authentication, and monitoring to comply with audits.
3. A breakthrough year for Passwordless & MFA
One part of the NIS 2 Directive is access control, which will require secure authentication of users through multi-factor authentication (MFA).
This coincides with the ongoing trend in the enterprise sector to secure digital workplaces with MFA.
Related to multi-factor authentication is the rise of passwordless authentication. By replacing passwords, which can easily be lost or stolen, with other means of authentication, such as biometrics or certificates, you become more resistant to attacks and phishing attempts. Users will be happier if they don’t have to remember yet another password. While MFA has been a rising trend over the last few years, more and more organizations see the user and security benefits of getting rid of passwords. Especially now with NIS2 making it a requirement.
4. Zero-trust – the key to a secure workplace
While authentication is important for both NIS2 and overall security, having control of what the users gain access to when verified is just as important for them. Here, we will see a rising trend in better identity and access management. Something that in itself is a core part of the zero trust approach.
Zero trust has gone from a niche, or even a bit extreme, security measure to an increasingly mainstream one over the years. The mantra “never trust, always verify” is perhaps the shortest explanation of the idea. By requiring secure authentication at every possible corner, your organization becomes more resilient to attacks from outside and inside actors. At the same time, this can be implemented in a very user-friendly way. Modern authentication, identity, and access management solutions go very well with a zero-trust strategy to ensure that only the right users have access to the data they need.
An interesting security year ahead of us
To sum it all up. Generative AI will play an increasingly more prominent role in our lives. That applies both to potential risks and potential rewards.
That means foundational security will become even more important for all organizations, which the NIS2 directive underlines. Secure authentication and modern IAM will become more critical.
This is where we at Pointsharp can help you implement secure and user-friendly solutions to give you and your users access to a safe and modern digital workplace that complies with the latest regulations.
Of course, these were only four topics we will look back at when entering 2025. Being prepared for known and upcoming threats and new regulations will help you come out on top of another year.
Especially since we will have to fight back against the kaiju invasion, as we learned in the movie Pacific Rim, set in 2025.