Technology Scopes Out 2023 Cybersecurity Trends
January 13, 2023
Technology has forecast five ways the digital security landscape will impact
life and business in 2023 and beyond.
As one of the leading providers of cybersecurity solutions globally with over
3,000 experts helping the world's largest companies to increase resilience, DXC
Technology is seeing an evolving landscape of threats, but also opportunities to
1. The cybersecurity arms race will accelerate
Cybercriminals and cybersecurity professionals will both use artificial
intelligence (AI) in an increasingly sophisticated battle of wits. In the case
of cybersecurity defense, AI has been mainly used to identify patterns of
suspicious behavior. Due to the volume of suspect activity and the number of
false positives, cybersecurity staff are often overwhelmed.
The good news is that in 2023 and beyond, we should be able to start automating
AI-based security controls and response mechanisms – helping to react faster and
more accurately to cyberattacks, reducing possible downtime and protecting
personal and business critical data.
“While AI can automate threat detection and elimination, the underlying
processes are based on an understanding of past activity, which will incentivize
cybercriminals to come up with new types of attacks,” said
Mark Hughes, President of Security at DXC Technology.
“Keeping pace will be a challenge, especially if quantum computing enters the
fray in the coming years, which could see today’s defenses breached in seconds.”
2. We’ll need to be cautious about who we think we’re talking to in the
metaverse (while keeping a firm hold of our digital wallets)
2023 is set to be important year for the metaverse with Meta, Microsoft, Virbela
and others counting on virtual worlds going mainstream. However, activity in the
metaverse can raise questions around identity; how do you know that the person
you think you are talking to is who they say they are? Digital certificates,
perhaps built on the blockchain, could help. These certificates could also be
used to secure virtual transactions in the metaverse. What is clear is that as
the metaverse expands, so too will the risks.
3. Geo-political cybersecurity attacks will increase but also lead to
innovation in defense
Russia’s attack on Ukraine has reminded us in the starkest way possible that
warfare is now hybrid and the risks of geopolitically motivated cyberattacks are
real. As a result, many cyber insurance policies are now being written to
exclude acts of cyberwar, creating challenges for cyber risk mitigation.
With lingering geopolitical tensions, this threat is set to continue in 2023. In
fact, with more than 70 countries due to hold government elections in 2023
(events frequently targeted by state-sponsored actors), it will be a challenging
year for cybersecurity defenses. However, we can learn from case studies such as
Ukraine’s ‘exemplary’ defense against Russian cyberattacks.
4. Cybersecurity attacks will target critical national infrastructure that
supplies our homes
When the lights go out or the gas is cut, most people are unlikely to think it’s
the result of an industrial cybersecurity breach. But Operational Technology
(OT) is an emerging battleground for cyberattacks, with the systems that control
and automate factories and civil infrastructure (including power stations and
dams) becoming a target.
With ongoing geopolitical tensions, the OT cyber threat will grow in 2023
putting pressure on industries to ensure they stay one step ahead by baking in
cybersecurity protection across their operations.
5. Career opportunities in cybersecurity will grow
is an estimated global shortfall of around 3.4 million cybersecurity workers.
With growing threats from advanced technologies, this number is likely to
The cyber skills gap creates career opportunities for people of all ages and
backgrounds. In the UK for example, there are currently approximately 1,000
cybersecurity opportunities for graduates listed on the GradCracker careers
portal. But it’s not just graduates who can benefit. Many companies offer the
chance for people to retrain in cybersecurity.
“The inclusivity of the cybersecurity space extends to neurodiversity,” added
Mark Hughes. “For example, DXC’s Dandelion Program helps individuals with
autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological conditions to build careers in
IT, including cybersecurity. The growth of the cyber threat creates career
opportunities for people of all backgrounds.”
Cyber threats will continue to increase in speed and complexity during 2023 and
beyond but so too will the ability to apply the latest technologies, approaches
and talent to tackle them. “The cybersecurity arms race is an apt analogy – the
right side must win,” concluded Mark Hughes.
Isabelle Dumont the VP of Marketing & Technology Partners
at Cowbell explained, "We all know that it’s not “if” but “when” an
organization will face a cyberattack. It’s a race on three fronts: (1) getting
better at protecting current assets, (2) implementing security against new
threats, and (3) planning the protection of future assets – new technologies,
the use of AI, an expanded digital footprint, and any other advancement.
Preparedness is critical to stay ahead and an adaptive approach to cyber
insurance where coverage evolves with exposures, threats, and technology is