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29 January 2024 | Posted by angela.tuduri

Cybersecurity trends 2024: everything you need to know

What to expect in the cybersecurity landscape this 2024?

The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving, and 2024 will be no exception. Cybercriminals are developing new techniques and tools to attack organizations, and businesses must be prepared to defend themselves.  

In this article, we take a look at the top cybersecurity trends that companies should be aware of in 2024.  

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI)

AI is transforming the world of cybersecurity, and its impact will only become more apparent in the coming years. AI can be used to automate security tasks, detect emerging threats and respond to attacks. 

Companies that want to be at the forefront of cybersecurity should invest in AI-based security solutions. 

Regulatory Compliance | Cyber Security Drivers  

The cybersecurity regulatory landscape will continue to expand in 2024. Stricter regulations and increased compliance demands will drive organizations to take proactive measures to protect sensitive information.   

The European Artificial Intelligence Regulation (AI Act), adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on December 23, 2022, is the first global regulatory framework for AI. It aims to ensure that AI systems placed on the market or used in the EU are safe and respect fundamental rights and EU values.  

The Regulation classifies AI systems according to their level of risk, into three categories:  

  • Unacceptable risk AI systems: these are those that are considered a threat to humans and are prohibited. They include, for example, AI systems that are used to:  

  • Cognitively manipulate the behavior of specific vulnerable individuals or groups.  

  • Identify or track individuals without their consent.  

  • Create profiles of individuals based on sensitive data.  

  • High-risk AI systems: are those that can cause serious harm to people, property or the environment. They are subject to a number of requirements and obligations, such as: 

  • A comprehensive risk assessment.  

  • Risk mitigation measures.  

  • A declaration of conformity. 

  • Moderate or low risk AI systems: are subject to a narrower set of requirements and obligations. 

The Regulation will enter into force on January 1st, 2024, and some of the most relevant aspects of the European AI Regulation will be:  

  • Classification of AI systems according to their level of risk: this classification is fundamental to determine the obligations that developers and operators of AI systems must comply with.  

  • Prohibition of AI systems of unacceptable risk: this prohibition is intended to protect people from AI systems that can cause serious harm.  

  • Requirements for high-risk AI systems: these requirements are designed to ensure that high-risk AI systems are safe and respect fundamental rights.  

  • General principles for AI systems: these are intended to ensure that all AI systems are developed and used responsibly. 

The growth of ransomware

Ransomware is one of the most common and damaging cyber threats. In 2023, ransomware accounted for 75% of all cyber attacks targeting businesses.  

In 2024, ransomware is expected to continue to be a major threat, so businesses will need to develop a ransomware response plan in order to recover quickly from an attack.  

Internet of Things (IoT) | Vulnerabilities and Protection  

The exponential growth of network-connected devices expands the threat landscape. By 2024, Internet of Things (IoT) security will be a priority as cybercriminals look to exploit vulnerabilities in these devices to gain access to corporate networks. Implementing robust security measures on IoT devices and the networks that use them will be essential to protect the integrity of information.  

Cloud adoption  

Cloud adoption continues to grow, and is expected to continue in 2024. The cloud offers many advantages, but it also presents new security challenges.  

Companies adopting the cloud must ensure that they implement adequate security measures to protect their data and systems. 

The cybersecurity talent shortage  

Demand for cybersecurity professionals outstrips supply. By 2024, this shortage is expected to become even more acute.  

Companies that want to protect their systems and data must invest in cybersecurity training for their staff.  

What can companies do to prepare for the cybersecurity trends of 2024?  

  • Invest in AI-based security solutions.  

  • Implement a ransomware response plan.  

  • Develop a robust data privacy strategy  

  • Protect your systems and data in the cloud  

  • Invest in cybersecurity training for their staff.  

By taking these steps, companies can help protect their systems and data from cyber threats. Discover how to boost your future in the cybersecurity sector with La Salle Campus Barcelona.




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