Top Five Cybersecurity Challenges of 2023


Byline: Ted Hulsy, CRO, Snap Tech IT

A New Era: Emerging Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity Challenges

As we step into the digital age, the importance of cybersecurity has never been more evident. With technology becoming an integral part of our daily lives, the threats to our digital world continue to evolve. In 2023, businesses face a new set of cybersecurity challenges that demand immediate attention and strategic solutions.

This blog will summarize the discussion from our recent webinar, Navigating Cybersecurity Changes in 2023 and explore the top five cybersecurity challenges of 2023, shedding light on the evolving landscape and the measures that organizations need to adopt to protect their digital assets.

Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2023

1. Ransomware, A Persistent Threat

While ransomware attacks may have seen a decline from the peak experienced during the pandemic, they remain a persistent and significant threat to businesses in 2023. Ransomware attacks involve malicious actors encrypting an organization’s data and demanding a ransom for its release. These attacks can cripple businesses, disrupt operations, and lead to significant financial losses.

One of the key reasons behind the ongoing prevalence of ransomware attacks is the profitability for cybercriminals. Ransomware attacks continue to be lucrative, leading cybercriminals to innovate and adapt their tactics. They often target businesses with weak cybersecurity defenses, exploiting vulnerabilities in their systems. In some cases, they may also employ social engineering techniques to gain access.

To mitigate the risk of ransomware attacks, organizations must prioritize cybersecurity measures such as regular patching and software updates, employee training in recognizing phishing attempts, and implementing robust backup and recovery solutions. Additionally, developing an incident response plan can help organizations react swiftly and effectively if a ransomware attack does occur.

2. Unpatched Computers and Servers

Unpatched computers and servers remain a top cybersecurity threat to businesses in 2023. Vulnerabilities in software and operating systems can be exploited by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access or launch attacks. Software vendors regularly release security patches to address these vulnerabilities, but organizations often fail to apply these patches promptly.

The delay in applying patches can be due to several reasons, including concerns about system compatibility or the fear of disrupting critical business processes. However, this delay exposes organizations to considerable risk. Cybercriminals actively search for unpatched systems to exploit, making it essential for businesses to prioritize patch management.

To address this challenge, organizations should establish a robust patch management process. This includes regularly monitoring for software updates, testing patches in a controlled environment, and deploying them promptly while ensuring minimal disruption to operations. Automation tools can also help streamline the patching process and ensure that critical vulnerabilities are addressed promptly.

3. Cyber Criminals Operating Like Mainstream Businesses

In 2023, cybercriminals are operating more like mainstream businesses than ever before. The dark web now hosts app marketplaces where cybercriminals can purchase and sell sophisticated hacking tools and services. Malware toolkits are available as software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscriptions, making it easier for even non-technical criminals to launch attacks.

This business-like approach among cybercriminals has led to a democratization of cyber threats. It means that threats are not limited to a select group of skilled hackers; instead, they are accessible to a wider range of individuals with malicious intent. This evolution makes it crucial for organizations to remain vigilant and proactive in their cybersecurity efforts.

To counter this challenge, businesses should adopt a multi-layered security approach. This includes robust endpoint security, network monitoring, and threat intelligence solutions. Employee cybersecurity training is also essential to help staff recognize and report suspicious activities. Additionally, organizations should collaborate with cybersecurity experts and law enforcement agencies to track and apprehend cybercriminals.

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4. Increasing Cyber Liability Insurance Requirements

With the growing frequency and severity of cyberattacks, many organizations have turned to cyber liability insurance to mitigate financial risks. However, in 2023, cyber liability insurance carriers are raising the bar on their requirements. They are demanding more stringent cybersecurity measures and risk assessments from policyholders.

To meet these requirements and secure cyber liability insurance coverage, businesses need to invest in comprehensive cybersecurity practices. This includes regular risk assessments, penetration testing, and compliance with industry standards and regulations. Failing to meet these requirements can result in increased insurance premiums or even policy non-renewal.

5. Increasingly Strict Regulatory Requirements

Regulatory requirements in the realm of cybersecurity continue to increase, especially from government agencies such as the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and the Pentagon with the introduction of CMMC 2.0 (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0).

The SEC has been pushing for more transparency regarding cybersecurity risks and incidents from publicly traded companies. This includes reporting cybersecurity breaches and risks in their annual filings. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal consequences and reputational damage.

CMMC 2.0, on the other hand, affects organizations that work with the U.S. Department of Defense. It mandates specific cybersecurity standards for contractors and suppliers to protect sensitive government information. Compliance with CMMC 2.0 is crucial for businesses that seek to secure government contracts.

To address these regulatory challenges, organizations should stay informed about the evolving cybersecurity regulations that apply to their industry. Compliance efforts should be integrated into their cybersecurity strategy, and regular audits should be conducted to ensure adherence to regulatory requirements.


In 2023, the cybersecurity landscape presents businesses with a complex set of challenges. Ransomware attacks persist, unpatched systems remain vulnerable, cybercriminals operate like businesses, insurance requirements are stricter, and regulatory demands continue to increase. To navigate these challenges successfully, organizations must prioritize cybersecurity, invest in the latest technologies, and foster a culture of security awareness. Partnering with a security-first minded managed service provider (MSP) is a great step for organizations to get ahead of the cyber criminals and various cyber security risks.

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