The Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks for 2024

Our Predictions for the Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks for 2024

As we begin a new year, cybersecurity remains a paramount concern for businesses of all sizes. As a managed security services provider dedicated to safeguarding our clients’ digital assets, we foresee 2024 presenting an array of complex cybersecurity challenges. Understanding these risks is crucial to implementing proactive security measures in the year ahead. Here are the top 10 cybersecurity risks we predict for 2024:

1. Evolving Malware Threats

The evolution of malware threats remains a serious risk in 2024. Malware, including viruses, worms, trojans, and ransomware, continually adapts to bypass traditional security measures. Advanced malware uses encryption, polymorphism, and evasion techniques, making detection and mitigation challenging for businesses, especially small to mid-size businesses. According to, the banking malware known as Carbanak has been observed being used in ransomware attacks with updated tactics in 2023. Managed services providers must deploy robust endpoint protection, AI-driven threat detection, and continuous security updates to combat these evolving malware threats effectively.

2. AI-Powered Cyberattacks

Artificial intelligence, such as generative AI, empowers cybercriminals with automated, adaptive attack capabilities. AI-driven attacks include sophisticated phishing, deepfake attacks, and polymorphic malware, making detection incredibly challenging. VentureBeat notes that IBM’s 2024 predictions show gen-AI is the new DNA of cyberattacks. AI-driven security solutions are, ironically, one of the best ways to combat these threats effectively.

3. Internet of Things (IoT) Vulnerabilities

The rapid growth of IoT devices expands attack surfaces significantly. Insecure IoT devices, often poorly secured or outdated, present vulnerabilities within interconnected networks. Providers must emphasize robust IoT security measures, including regular updates, secure device authentication, and network segmentation.

4. Supply Chain Attacks

Supply chain attacks targeting third-party vendors exploit trusted relationships to infiltrate networks. In July of 2023, identity access management firm JumpCloud confirmed that North Korean state-backed hackers breached the U.S. enterprise software company to target its cryptocurrency clients. Strengthening supply chain security through rigorous vendor screening, continuous monitoring, and implementing security standards is essential to thwart these attacks.

5. Ransomware Evolution and Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)

Ransomware threats evolve with increasingly sophisticated tactics. Attackers must employ double extortion techniques, exfiltrating data before encryption, and deploying evasion tactics to bypass traditional security measures. Comprehensive backup systems, proactive monitoring, and robust incident response plans are critical to mitigate ransomware risks.


6. Zero-Day Exploits

Zero-day vulnerabilities, with no available patches, leave systems susceptible to exploitation. Threat actors exploit these vulnerabilities before security patches are released. Managed services providers should utilize proactive threat hunting, real-time monitoring, and rapid response strategies to detect and neutralize zero-day threats quickly.

7. Biometric Data Breaches

As biometric authentication gains popularity, the risk of biometric data breaches increases. Stolen biometric data, unlike passwords, cannot be reset. Implementing robust encryption, multifactor authentication, and continuous monitoring are crucial to safeguard biometric data.

8. Cloud Security Challenges

The widespread adoption of cloud services heightens cloud security challenges. Misconfigurations, data breaches, and unauthorized access within cloud environments pose significant risks. Managed security providers must ensure rigorous security protocols, continuous monitoring, and compliance with cloud security best practices.

9. Regulatory Compliance Demands

Evolving data privacy regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA, impose strict compliance requirements. Providers must navigate ever-changing regulatory frameworks, ensuring data protection, user privacy, and adherence to compliance standards.

10. Insider Threats and Human Error

Human error and insider threats persist as significant cybersecurity risks. Whether intentional or accidental, insider threats such as employee security mistakes pose serious risks. Continuous cybersecurity awareness training, strict access controls, and behavioral analytics help mitigate these risks.

Understanding the nuances of each cybersecurity risk is one of the many skills needed by managed services providers to tailor their defense strategies, implement proactive measures, and stay ahead of evolving threats to safeguard their clients’ digital assets effectively whether in London, Boston, or anywhere else in the US or UK. 

As a managed services provider specializing in cybersecurity for small to mid-size businesses, we are committed to staying ahead of these emerging threats. We continuously hone our cybersecurity strategies, leveraging advanced threat detection intelligence, AI-driven monitoring, and a team that works 24/7/365. BCS365’s comprehensive approach aims to mitigate risks, protect our clients’ assets, and ensure their resilience against evolving cyber threats.

The landscape of cybersecurity risks in 2024 demands a proactive and adaptable approach. There is strong consensus among experts in the field regarding these threats, including Mandiant as shared in their recent infographic. Collaborating with a trusted managed services provider equipped with leading-edge cybersecurity solutions is essential in navigating these challenges and fortifying digital defenses against emerging threats.