85% of IT Pros Fear Cybersecurity Issues in 2023

Cybersecurity has seen its fair share of ups and downs, and a slew of new malware types as well as hacking methodologies have matters even worse than might have been the case otherwise. It turns out that IT experts and professionals are concerned about the current state of cybersecurity. According to a new report released by Craig Business Intelligence, a whopping 85% of the IT experts surveyed stated that they expect moderate to extreme cyber security issues over the next year or so.

65% of these experts cited ransomware as a prime concern for email security, and 60% predicted that there would be a huge uptick in phishing attacks with all things having been considered and taken into account. 47% feel that malicious files in email attachments will be a major issue, and 37% stated that employees might not be able to train to prevent these attacks despite their best efforts.

49% of IT specialists also indicated that malicious apps might start leaking more data in 2023. 29% said that stolen or misplaced devices could create an abundance of security issues. The shift to remote work is also a cause for alarm, with 28% of surveyed professionals suggesting that it could result in an increase in cybersecurity woes for employers. Budget constraints could also make matters worse, with 20% referencing it as a source of concern for them in the near future.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that companies are taking several steps to mitigate these dangers. 85% of them are starting to scan files and attachments that their employees receive, with security training as well as email backups receiving 80% apiece. Spoofing protection was just as much of a priority, with 79% of surveyed businesses saying that they plan to focus on it in the coming year.

All of these issues will come to a head before 2023 draws to a close. That might make 2023 a pivotal year for cybersecurity, with a lot of protocols getting stress tested in the interim. It will be interesting to see what the landscape looks like a year from now.

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