Malicious use of Large Language Models
Large Language Models ( LLMs ) will be used by criminals to increase the number of attacks . These are AI tools that read , summarise and translate texts and predict future words in a sentence , letting them generate sentences similar to how humans talk and write .
Bad actors will use accessible LLMs to create campaigns using natural language and automatic social engineering , aimed at the most vulnerable people in companies . This will allow them to carry out more attacks while at the same time improving their success rate .
Increase in insider threats
Insider threats are likely to increase as other , more traditional cybersecurity solutions are strengthened . This includes both malicious and unintentional activity by employees . The threat increases significantly when accounts are not removed following a staff departure from an organisation . Employees may also be bribed or coerced to assist threat actors . Such employee fraud can be extremely difficult to detect but the maintenance of normal day-to-day processes and procedures , such as the ‘ CIA ( Confidentiality , Integrity and Availability ) Triad ’, should limit any attack . Other forms of insider threats such as compromised internal accounts and non-malicious or accidental insiders – for instance , using shadow IT – must also be protected against .
Skills gap in cybersecurity
The skills gap in cybersecurity , particularly AI and ML expertise , will probably be felt more acutely in 2023 . In 2022 , newsworthy attacks were typically targeted and methodically planned , but still very manual . Customers will be looking for cybersecurity products that can effectively protect against a multi-stage attack like this . But to detect these attacks , the existing detection systems need to be harmonised effectively and turned into a meta-system . As a result , cybersecurity companies will be looking for AI and ML experts to design and implement these meta-systems , in an already tight labour market .
“ With spending on digital technology by organisations across the Asia Pacific predicted to grow at over three times the economy next year , 2023 will be a landmark year for cybersecurity as it will remodel itself to meet the emerging threats and growing challenges ,” said Stanley Hsu , Regional Vice President , Asia , Mimecast .
“ High-profile data breaches will continue to hit the headlines in the new year . Disruption is today ’ s villain and developing cyber-resilience strategies will help protect organisations and minimise the impact of successful cyberattacks , by keeping businesses running as smoothly as possible during recovery .” •
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