The global threat of a cyber storm

Are we on the verge of a global ‘cyber storm’?

At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos, leaders from government, business and civil society came together to discuss world issues and prioritise those most significant challenges for the year ahead.

For 2023, one of those challenges is cybersecurity. A major topic of discussion, experts at the event warned cyber-attacks are increasing in sophistication and frequency and called for a global response to this gathering cyber storm.

According to the Forum’s 2023 global Cybersecurity Outlook, 91% of its respondents believe a far-reaching and catastrophic cyber event is at least somewhat likely within the next two years, and 43% of organisational leaders think it is likely a cyber event will have a material effect on their business.

“Awareness and preparation will help organizations balance the value of new technology against the cyber risk that comes with it.” – Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023

The challenge

Our modern connected world means more and more critical systems are monitored and managed via the internet. The IoT brings together multiple technologies and communication interfaces, making the security of connected devices a major area of focus for businesses. Each new product or system that enters a business introduces new problems and vulnerabilities and it can be difficult to quantify the risk.

As cybersecurity becomes a critical focus point for every business, the need for new, more resilient security processes increases and many organisations require specialist experience to understand, adopt and integrate best practices. Recently, we have seen this rise in demand lead to a shortage of talent in the market, forcing businesses to consider outsourcing more of their cybersecurity functions.

It’s important to have the right set of tools to deploy a proactive defence strategy. With so many solutions available, the challenge is understanding which will deliver the most value as businesses adopt new technology and the cybersecurity risks that come with it.

An essential component of the cybersecurity toolkit

Fuzzing is a comprehensive cybersecurity testing method that enables businesses to identify critical security issues that other testing solutions can’t, making it a key component of any cybersecurity toolkit. Advanced fuzz testing techniques can discover and identify unknown vulnerabilities, helping businesses defend their assets against cyber-attacks.

Fuzz testing can be integrated into continuous delivery over the lifecycle of products and systems. By doing this, businesses and developers can make sure with each new build or release of a product or system, no unforeseen problems or vulnerabilities are introduced which could weaken its security. Deploying continuous and routine fuzz testing solutions enables businesses to proactively protect themselves from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks, improving the security and resilience of its products and systems whilst also protecting its devices, systems, networks, data and users.

CyTAL is changing the way businesses think about their cybersecurity functions, delivering a solution that supports in-house management and measurement of security robustness. ProtoCrawler allows experts and non-experts to access and reap the benefits of fuzz testing, helping businesses to focus their time and money on the most critical vulnerabilities and implementation bugs.