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3 UK Cyber Security Trends to Watch in 2024
2024-04-02 21:03

Staying up to date with the latest in cyber security has arguably never been more paramount than in 2024.

TechRepublic consulted U.K. industry experts to identify the three most significant trends in cyber security - AI, zero days and IoT security - and provide guidance as to how businesses can best hold their fort.

Sophisticated cyber attacks with AI. In January 2024, the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre warned that the global ransomware threat was expected to rise due to the availability of AI technologies, with attacks increasing in both volume and impact.

The Minister for AI and Intellectual Property, Viscount Camrose, has specifically highlighted the need for U.K. organizations to "Step up their cyber security plans," as it is the third most targeted country in the world when it comes to cyber attacks, after the U.S. and Ukraine.

The "Cyber security breaches survey 2023" by the U.K. government found declines in the key cyber hygiene practices of password policies, network firewalls, restricted admin rights and policies to apply software security updates within 14 days.

Moore told TechRepublic in an email: "IoT devices have far too often been packaged up with weak - if any - built-in security features so are on the back foot from the get go and often do not realize the potential weaknesses. Security updates also tend to be infrequent which put further risks on the owner."

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