The 2022 priority list for IT admins

Hector Barnes

Jan 24, 2022

6 min read

Cheers for the new year! Another fine year has gone by and each IT enterprise is gearing up to make the most out of 2022 and get their priorities right.

The past year was pretty bustling for the tech sphere with a host of releases and updates including Android 12, macOS Monterey, and Google announcing pixel 6 built on Google’s in-house silicon chip.

But apart from the big releases, 2021 was a year that saw increasing ransomware attacks and other security threats. This had enterprises frantic, causing them to take extra steps to strengthen their cyber-security.

Cyberattacks in 2021 that locked targets on the high-profile organizations

Going into 2022, the priority of most IT admins would still be fortifying cyber-security in their firms. But that’s not all, there are more things to prioritize if you want to build a healthy and invulnerable working environment for your enterprise.

In this blog, we’ve drawn up a list of what IT admins and enterprises should prioritize entering 2022.

A quick look back at 2021

Carrying on the practices from 2020, the remote work model still stood as the preferred mode of work among enterprises. 2021 saw more and more companies shifting to hybrid work models which included eminent brands like Adobe, Salesforce, and Twitter.

With the shift came some security challenges. Ransomware attacks were on the rise. Ransomware attacks encrypt company data, locking them out of their own resources. Then the attackers ask for money in return as ransom, threatening they would sell or leak the data. Cloud security threats were also something that was prevalent in the year.

The evolution and expansion of IoT devices were pretty big during the year, which again warrants the increased cyber-crimes.

On the other hand, 2021 also had some security and privacy advancements. Zero trust became the norm, with more enterprises adopting it. Also, the importance of multifactor authentication grew. The role of AI in cyber security had just started to gain prominence, which has to be carried on in 2022. We’ll look into that later in this blog.

Top priorities for enterprise IT admins going into 2022

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Hybrid work challenges

The working conditions didn’t see much of a change throughout 2021, with companies sticking to remote work. However, hybrid work model is something that started gaining attention and will find its way to 2022. Most of the companies would prefer this, which gives a better work-life balance to the employees. This obviously calls for bolstering security standards.

IT admins should make sure that the company resources are accessible for all, in a secure and encrypted channel. If done carelessly, attackers could jump in and get access to the resources.

Plus, IT admins should also make data backup a priority in these working conditions. Employee data should be securely backed up in the cloud to retrieve in case of any data breach or corruption.

The risk with IoT expansion

One of the most overlooked, yet highly critical security concerns coming with the work-from-home scenario will be the connected devices or IoT. IoT consists of devices other than personal computers or laptops, like smartwatches, TVs, etc. connected via the internet sharing a common network. This means the attackers have more access points to access the network, which is connected to your enterprise devices.

Cloud security

Again, the shift to remote working has increased the dependency on cloud. This is only going to grow in 2022 with more company data and resources being shifted to the cloud. Enterprises around the world are actually planning to change their whole business to cloud-based. With this, cloud misconfiguration is going to be the biggest villain.

Cloud misconfiguration is the most common threat with the cloud architecture. This is mainly caused by human errors and most companies won’t even notice they have a misconfiguration until a breach happens.

User authentication and the importance of Zero Trust

As the employees will be accessing enterprise resources and data from their personal networks, strong authentication methods will have to be enforced.

Zero Trust architecture is something that every enterprise should adopt and prioritize. Though Zero Touch gained significance in 2021, some companies are yet to effectuate it. Zero Trust follows the simple rule of trust no one. In Zero Trust, every user and application will have to constantly authenticate every time, as no one is trusted inherently.

Artificial intelligence in cyber-security

Without a question, this should be a top priority for all enterprises and IT admins. The need for AI in cyber-security is getting graver year by year. As the number of cyber threats keeps increasing, it’s becoming harder for humans alone to handle it. That’s where AI jumps in. The predictive capability of AI helps automate threat detection and mitigation. Also, large amounts of data can be processed and scanned quickly.

Enterprise mobility and the need for UEM

The importance of employing a UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) can’t be stressed enough. Particularly in the last couple of years, UEM became a buzzword among enterprises. And the need for securely managing your enterprise devices just keeps growing.

A UEM solution provides a central point to manage and control all your endpoint devices. These endpoint devices could be laptops, desktops, mobile phones, tablets, wearables, smart TVs, digital signage boards, and more. UEM enables enterprises or SMBs to apply restrictions and policies to all their devices from a single location, and automate them.

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The privacy urgency

The amount of data collected and used across the internet keeps growing. With this, privacy rules and regulations also keep growing at the same pace. This includes legal policies like GDPR, HIPAA, and CCPA. In 2022, this is expected to increase, especially with more states introducing their own privacy rules. Enterprises should focus on maintaining their compliance with regulatory guidelines, to free themselves from the risk of fines and maintain consumer trust.

To conclude

With the effect of the pandemic still prevailing in the IT domain, enterprises are prepared to take on the year 2022 with everything assimilated from 2021. However, with enterprises on the verge of moving completely to cloud-based infrastructure and most of them preferring the hybrid work model, there are some things to keep in mind.

That said, in this blog, we saw some of IT admins’ top priorities that would help their enterprises tackle previously overlooked vulnerabilities.


Hector Barnes

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