Emerging tech like AI, deepfake fuel evolving cyberattacks

AI-powered attacks emerge as the  most serious and phishing attacks are widely considered to be increasing the fastest, a report from Keeper Security shows.

The study is based on a survey of more than 800 IT security leaders around the globe, of whom 95% believe cyberattacks are more sophisticated than they have ever been. 

Keeper Security said that, entering into 2024, the cybersecurity landscape showcases a compelling mix of factors with novel AI threats casting a looming shadow. 

The dynamic environment underscores the necessity for proactive cybersecurity strategies that can adeptly counter both existing and emerging threats. 

Respondents ranked the most serious attack vectors as follows — AI-powered attacks, deepfake technology, supply chain attacks, cloud jacking, and Internet of Things (IoT) attacks.

According to respondents, the attack vectors increasing the fastest are phishing, malware, ransomware, password attacks, and denial of service (DoS).

“As emerging technologies, such as AI, fuel the next wave of cyber threats, a great paradox lies in our ability to implement the very innovations that, if not controlled properly, will radically increase cyber risk,” said Darren Guccione, CEO and co-founder of Keeper Security. 

Guccione said that as technology continues to advance, evolving threats demand constant adaptation, which must remain a top priority for IT leaders. 

A password manager can mitigate risks by enforcing strong password practices, while privileged access management safeguards an organisation’s vital assets by controlling and monitoring high-level access — collectively fortifying defences and minimising potential damage in the event of a cyber attack. 

Integrating these solutions creates a layered security approach that restricts unauthorised access and enhances overall cybersecurity resilience.