2020 was certainly a year of risks. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been upending people’s lives, forcing many of us to work on home-based projects and leading to breaches in millions of records and other sensitive data. We will see more hacking attacks in 2021 due to an accelerated shift to cloud applications, and as we continue to deal with COVID-19 cybersecurity risks will continue to emerge and develop.
Let’s have a look at the top seven trends all IT professionals should understand and plan for in 2021.
1. Small Business Risks
Cybersecurity will always be tied to your company’s budget. In 2021, we will see attackers move toward small and mid-sized businesses, as larger companies like those listed on the Fortune 500 are better prepared for hackers. SMBs should expect to be attacked via email compromises, phishing attacks, and even old-school attacks on mobile phones within their companies. Understanding the security levels within your SMB will become extremely critical. All SMBs should consider awareness training such as Develop’s Security Awareness course for all employees.
2. Outsourcing Managed IT Work to MSPs
Many organizations now outsource IT work to managed service providers (MSPs). This gives you more access to resources, but it also puts your business at risk. Many MSPs use open-source software and apps that are prone to attacks. When using an MSP, make sure you ask important questions to find out exactly what source software and apps they use. Understand your service level agreements and check to see if the MSPs working for you are working with any third-party suppliers. If so, make sure those suppliers meet your service level requirements, as well.
3. More Apps Equals More Risk
In today’s remote-centric world, more organizations are migrating to cloud-based apps. And with so many of us working from home, we are using our laptops at a risk. Most employees are not just downloading apps for work use, they are downloading them for personal use too. Many apps have no formal process to allow you to evaluate third-party risks. Attackers know this and will keep trying to infiltrate cloud-based apps in 2021. A single unsecured app can lead to security risks across your whole enterprise.
4. No Security Skills
One of the biggest problems today concerning cybersecurity is a lack of individuals with the skills and training to combat these attacks. Worldwide, there are 3 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, and companies are struggling to find talent to fill them. Why is this happening? Mainly because of the time investment it takes to learn the skills that a cybersecurity professional needs. The shortage of skilled workers is only getting worse. In fact, 70 percent of ISSA members say the shortage of workers has affected their business. Develop’s Cybersecurity Academy is a great resource for professionals looking to build these skills.
5. Automotive Hacking
Modern vehicles come packed with apps and software that allow drivers to activate cruise control, connect via Bluetooth, and use Wi-Fi, creating opportunities for hackers. When Apple first launched its app store back in 2008, the auto industry joined in and began developing apps for vehicles. Although automotive apps are great for the consumer, they have given hackers new ways to access vehicles.
6. Mobile Attacks
Mobile phones are a big concern when it comes to cybersecurity threats. Our photos, messages, and emails are all vulnerable, and in 2020, cyberattacks via mobile increased by 50 percent! A huge percentage of us now access corporate data from our smartphones, leaving them open to attacks. Smartphone virus hacking is set to be a cybersecurity trend to watch out for in 2021. Mobile phones are vulnerable in several ways, but one of the biggest concerns with mobiles in 2021 is having unsecured Wi-Fi. Always make sure your Wi-Fi is secure.
7. AI-Based Security Systems
In 2020, we saw cybersecurity solutions making use of artificial intelligence. Along with machine learning, AI has brought enormous changes to cybersecurity. Although AI is being used to bypass the latest security by developing smart malware and attacks, it is also being used to notify admins of any kind of data breach. This makes it one of the biggest cybersecurity trends of 2021.
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