2021 has been a year that few in the cybersecurity world will miss. From coping with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to emerging trends and threats in the world of ransomware, the last 12 months have been incredibly taxing for the cybersecurity industry, both professionals and everyday individuals alike. And as a result, many fear that 2022 will be just as hectic, or worse. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
There is no shortage of “scary” statistics and perceived reasons for pessimism when it comes to the cybersecurity outlook for 2022. It is true that we have a lot of really bad days in the cybersecurity world (such as dealing with the Log4j vulnerability in the middle of the hectic holiday season, for example). These bad days can make us as an industry want to sound as many alarm bells as possible. Unfortunately, after years of the cybersecurity industry relying on FUD—fear, uncertainty and doubt—the fact remains that vulnerabilities and threats continue to be a staple of everyday life. But that doesn’t mean that we should just give up—it just means that a tweak in approach is necessary.