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Security and technology predictions 2022

We can’t get enough of technology and security predictions if only to see which of these will come true and prove the experts correct and which are truly different in context

In 2022, we will see ‘packaged’ solutions aimed at simplifying security and enabling digital transformation Threat actors will focus on ransomware attacks on cloud and datacenter workloads and exposed services Over the next three years, there will be 10x more connected devices as compared to people

We can’t get enough of technology and security predictions if only to see which of these will come true and prove the experts correct.

Let’s start with security.

Entrust 2022 Security Predictions

Hamid Qureshi, Regional Sales Director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia at Entrust said bad actors have prayed on the vulnerability of organizations continuing to move to remote working models.

He gave the following security predictions for 2022.

1- A move from attacks on infrastructure to attacks on individuals

There’s been a renewed focus on attacks against individual employees via mobile devices. In 2020 alone, Dubai Police recorded over 25,000 cybercrime complaints on the E-Crime platform. According to official records, the complaints and calls related to cybercrimes rose by 3,000% since the launch of the platform in the previous three years.

2- Solving complexity with simplicity

In 2022, we will see ‘packaged’ solutions aimed at simplifying security and enabling digital transformation. Examples include:

Seamless Travel: New integrated solutions for seamless travel will replace long lines at customs with secure remote identity verification via smartphones. Such solutions will make travel easier and more contactless, and allow border control agents to focus on handling exceptions and possible risks. Next year is forecast to demonstrate the value of digital travel documents, e-Passports, and electronic travel authorizations.

Hybrid payment solutions: With growing concerns over identity theft and approximately 80% of mobile banking consumers being concerned about fraud, consumers are starting to prioritize improved technical and functional capabilities of products and services when choosing their banks, pension providers, and other financial services. 2022 will be the year we combat threats and outdated tech and grow our infrastructure in even more unique ways.

 Enhanced certificate lifecycle management: With cyberattacks occurring at a higher rate than ever before, enhancing Certificate Lifestyle Management capabilities will offer a secure, central point for IT to control certificates, encryption keys, and crypto.

3- Zero-Trust Approach

Zero-Trust is predicted to become essential in stopping identity from being exploited through various avenues in 2022, including compromised secrets, compromised data perimeters and lateral threats. Entrust’s 2021 September report, Securing the New Hybrid Workplace, revealed an increase in identity proofing technology that verifies someone is who they say they are, with 51% rolling out one-time password technology and 40% utilizing biometric authentication.

4- Increased government spending

The UAE cabinet has recently approved the UAE General Budget for the years 2022- 2026, with total expenditures of 290 billion dirhams ($79 bn) and the UAE General Budget for the year 2022. Within this budget is a strong focus on investment into higher cyber security standards developed by the UAE Cybersecurity Council. The strategy also aims to train more than 40,000 cybersecurity professionals and encourages students to pursue a career in this field.  

Trend Micro’s Report

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,  recently published the Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2022:  Toward a New Momentum that states that organizations in the region will emerge more alert and better prepared in 2022 thanks to a comprehensive, proactive, cloud-first approach for mitigating cyber risks.

Globally, Trend Micro solutions has detected and blocked nearly 40 billion email threats, malicious files, and malicious URLs for customers in the first half of 2021 alone, which is a 47% increase from the year prior.  

Trend Micro researchers predict that threat actors, in 2022, will focus on ransomware attacks on cloud and datacenter workloads and exposed services to take advantage of the large number of employees continuing to work remotely. Vulnerabilities will be weaponized in record time and chained with privilege escalation bugs to drive successful campaigns, according to the report.

IoT systems, global supply chains, cloud environments, and DevOps functions will be in the crosshairs.  

To view the entire Trend Micro 2020 predictions report, click here.

And now to some interesting technology predictions for 2022.

HPE Aruba Technology Predictions 2022

David Hughes, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Aruba, offered the following predictions.

Prediction 1: Devices will outnumber people 10:1 by 2025

Digital transformation is driving a proliferation of IoT devices and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications are growing rapidly. Today, connected devices outnumber people 5:1. Over the next three years, there will be 10x more connected devices as compared to people.  

Prediction 2: Two clear paths to SASE emerge

As SASE (secure access service edge) deployments enter the early majority stage of the adoption lifecycle, the market will see a clear split in approaches. Small and medium-size enterprises are likely to be attracted to the all-in-one SASE offerings, where simplicity and “one throat to choke” take priority over advanced capabilities. On the other hand, large enterprises will remain unwilling to compromise on security, reliability, or the quality of user experience.

Prediction 3: The transition to Wi-Fi 6E will take off in 2022

While much of attention has been given to 5G cellular, on the campus and inside the enterprise, we are on the cusp of a fast transition to Wi-Fi 6E. Wi-Fi 6E delivers high capacity with an additional 1200 MHz of new spectrum. Leading market intelligence firm 650 Group expects over 200% unit growth of Wi-Fi 6E enterprise APs in 2022.

Prediction 4: Hybrid working will drive the rise of “micro branches”

Work-from-home is here to stay and this new normal will drive the emergence of the micro branch or “branch of one.” In the early days of the pandemic, organizations scrambled to expand VPNs and deploy remote access points (RAPs) to connect their locked-down workforce and implement pop-up testing kiosks. In 2022, we will see enormous growth for purpose-built microbranch offerings that combine enterprise-class Wi-Fi access with sophisticated multi-path WAN connectivity.

Prediction 5: Increased value on “services”  

There is a culture shift happening right before our very eyes – the increased value consumers are placing on “experiences” over “things” and the decline in needing to “own something” has already touched our everyday lives. This same shift will begin to play out in the enterprise as well in the coming year, with organizations being less focused on devices and capex and more focused on the business outcomes of their technology investments.