The digital and physical worlds are on an irreversible collision course. By 2022, organisations will be plunged into crisis as ruthless attackers exploit weaknesses in immature technologies and take advantage of an unprepared workforce. At the same time, natural forces will ravage infrastructure.

Organisations will be unable to disentangle the digital from physical and will be forced to respond to a growing blend of threats from new technologies, people and nature. Whilst the prospects of commercial success will be enticing, this hybrid world will bring with it increasing dangers that have devastating consequences for businesses, employees and consumers alike. When digital and physical worlds collide, only organisations that take decisive action will prosper.

Threat Horizon 2022 presents nine potential threats across three themes driven by global events and major developments. The executive summary is written for business leaders and offers a concise overview of the report findings.

The Threat Horizon Report – A brief history

The Information Security Forum’s (ISF) Threat Horizon Report, released annually, has actually predicted these risks:

  • Threat Horizon 2019 suggested that the blockchain would be under attack, subverted to commit fraud and money laundering
  • Threat Horizon 2020 warned that the new biometric and facial recognition systems were more error-prone, and easier to trick, than anyone realized
  • The 2021 Threat Horizon pointed out malicious drones as a risk for target attacks

“The value lies in discussing upcoming scenarios, planning for those scenarios and, most importantly, engaging cross-organization teams in discussing the response playbook” Steve Durbin, Managing Director, ISF

Executive Summary & Press Release

Threat Horizon 2022: Digital and physical worlds collide

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