10 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch Out for in 2023

Cybercriminals are growing more advanced, making new threats emerge constantly. Here are 10 cybersecurity menaces both individuals and organizations should watch for and safeguard against in 2023 

Cybercriminals are developing more advanced, targeted ransomware designed to extort high-value organizations like hospitals, schools and businesses. Ransomware-as-a-service lowers the barrier for mass attacks.

Ransomware Evolution  

Threat actors infiltrate the networks and software of vendors and partners to use their connections and distribute malware to intended targets. Companies need to vet suppliers and limit third-party access.

Supply Chain Hacking  

As more data and applications move to the cloud, hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in APIs, web apps and containers to steal data or install cryptojacking malware. Proper configuration and access controls are key.

Cloud Infrastructure Attacks 

Cybercriminals are using AI for more effective social engineering, creating deepfakes of executives, analyzing vulnerabilities, and automating phishing and hacking at scale. Defenses like AI-enabled behavioral analysis can help.

AI-enhanced Cybercrime  

Future quantum computers may be able to break current cryptography and decrypt sensitive data. Migrating to quantum-safe encryption provides long-term protection.

Quantum Computing Threats  

Highly targeted, personalized phishing scams use psychological tricks and spoofed websites to evade detection. Ongoing security awareness training helps protect employees.

Phishing Evolution  

Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in unsecured IoT devices like smart home tech and connected cameras to create botnets and steal user data. Proper IoT security hygiene is essential.

IoT Hacks  

By compromising domain registrars or DNS settings, attackers can redirect traffic to fake phishing sites. Securing DNS infrastructure and using DNS filtering prevents this.

DNS Hijacking  

Employees, contractors or partners can intentionally or accidentally steal data, hold systems hostage with ransomware, or sabotage networks. Limiting access rights and monitoring can help reduce risks.

Insider Threats  

Hackers steal credentials through phishing then use them in automated credential stuffing or brute force attacks. Multifactor authentication and password managers block these attempts.

Password Attacks  

With cybercriminals growing more sophisticated, individuals and organizations must implement layered defenses to minimize risk. Tracking emerging threats helps focus security efforts on the latest attack vectors.