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Cybersecurity Trends 2024 | TÜV Rheinland

What are the challenges we face in an increasingly interconnected world?

As the world becomes more digitized and interconnected, the opportunity for attacks is greater than ever. Additionally, rising new technologies and geopolitical crises fuel cyberattacks and make them more effective. As a result, in 2024, the question for many will no longer be whether they will be hit, but rather when.

Stricter Legal and
Regulatory Requirements

NIS2, IT-SiG 2.0, NIST, CSA-iot, TEC, CLS and co.: Cybersecurity regulations create a common framework for increasing the resilience of targeted systems. With updated standards and guidelines, legislators are helping more companies increase their cyber defenses.

Organized cybercrime has attained an
exceptionally high level of maturity

The cybercrime of the future will feature improved organizational structures, an increasing division of labor, and the formation of alliances and partnerships. We share how increased maturity and criminal team play make cyberattacks more successful.

Ransomware resilience

Ransomware remains the No. 1 threat and poses an enormous challenge to government, business, and society. Hence, resilience remains key in the coming year for those who want to protect themselves against the leading cause of cyberattacks.

Formation of cybersecurity alliances

Because cyber threats cross borders and often require coordinated responses, joint defense alliances and coalitions of companies and institutions are becoming increasingly important. Learn how shared know-how can be effective in the defense against cyberattacks.

Cyberattacks are threatening the
economic existence

The financial cost of cyber incidents and data breaches is higher than ever. And when there is a risk of significant financial, operational, legal, and reputational damage, under certain circumstances even the economic survival of a company may be at stake. Find out how high the total damage is.

Artificial Intelligence enables more
sophisticated cyberattacks

Automated mass attacks via phishing that are tailored individually to the targeted companies are becoming more and more common. We reveal how artificial intelligence plays into the hands of cybercriminals and how you can use AI to ward off attacks.

Supply chain

Vulnerabilities can also be exploited within the supply chain of a software or hardware product. In this case, malicious modules or components are integrated into the product by third parties or suppliers to outsmart the security mechanisms of the intended target.

Number of security vulnerabilities
at a record high

Today, more than ever, only those who know their vulnerabilities can effectively protect themselves from attacks. The drastic increase in the number of security vulnerabilities is therefore a particularly worrying trend, making vulnerability management a monumental task.

Mass connectivity

Currently, there are reportedly nearly 42 billion connected IoT devices, with the number expected to rise to 75 billion by 2035. And anything that is connected is vulnerable, which is why mass connectivity increases the attack surface by multiple times.

Automotive cybersecurity

Our cars have long been driving computers. As a result, advancing digitization, autonomous driving and increased connectivity pose new challenges for cybersecurity. Learn more about the transition of the automotive industry.

How do you plan to navigate the growing cyber threat landscape?

These past few years have been a wake-up call for companies of all sizes as the number and severity of cyberattacks have been increasing in Germany and around the world. This alarming increase made executives more aware of the urgency of making cybersecurity finally a strategic priority.

In our increasingly interconnected and digitized world characterized by geopolitical tensions, the targets for attacks have expanded considerably. Small and medium-sized enterprises, which often underestimate their vulnerability, are being targeted in particular. And even large companies that already maintain high security standards are not immune to the advanced methods used by professional hacker organizations.

Top risks such as phishing and faster ransomware attacks continue to dominate the threat landscape, while the growing numbers of devices connected to networks are adding more vulnerabilities, which further compound the threats.

And with the use of AI, the ability to exploit these vulnerabilities is being propelled to a new level. It is no longer just connected end clients, IT and OT components, or Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are being targeted. Other industries, such as the automotive industry, must also protect their assets and software-defined vehicles against cyber threats better than ever before.

But what can you do if, in the worst case, your own economic existence is threatened by the impact of a cyberattack? Should you form alliances to share valuable security know-how and arm yourself against cyber gangs that are also increasingly working together? Or should you lean on the ever more stringent standards and regulations to help increase your own cyber defense capabilities?

Regardless of what your answers are, our Cybersecurity Trends 2024 will identify the challenges you need to prepare for.

Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland

For more than 20 years, the cybersecurity services provided by TÜV Rheinland have been helping companies from various industries to securely use innovative technologies. In order to achieve this, we combine our cybersecurity expertise with a high level of industry know-how.

Your benefit: Our cybersecurity solutions aim to combine security and data protection in an increasingly vulnerable world of connected systems and devices. Among other things, we conduct cybersecurity tests, industrial security audits, and data protection audits for the Internet of Things (IoT) and for cloud infrastructures.
Precision and security: TÜV Rheinland operates a global network of more than one hundred laboratories, which can perform all cybersecurity and data protection tests for manufacturers from a single source.

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