If there’s anything 2020 has shown the cybersecurity scene, it’s that everything and everyone is fair game. From vaccine centers to hospitals and all the way to government buildings – no one was safe.
On top of this, COVID-19 has ramped up remote workforces, making inroads for cyber-attacks. In fact, a study by data collected by RiskBase, shows that breaches exposed 36 billion records in the first half of 2020.
So severe was the situation that Joe Biden has already amassed a team of world-class cybersecurity specialists to see him through his tenure.
Why is Cybersecurity more important in 2021 than ever before?
It would be easy to say that the main risks revolve around the ever-growing security gaps that arise with a decentralized workforce. In reality, the situation is much worse. In fact, we could see a total failure of cybersecurity on the horizon.
For the first time, hospitals and other medical facilities witnessed attacks on their systems ‘en masse.’ The sector is particularly at risk due to the massive economic and operational impacts it is currently suffering.
Moreover, as sensitive data and information is increasingly being moved into cloud services by corporations – customers are asking for stringent data protection measures to be implemented, fearing identity theft, fraud, and much more.
What can be done to curb fraud and data breaches?
Numerous trends have sprouted within the cybersecurity industry that are a direct reaction to the new digital landscape formed due to COVID-19. All in all, entirely novel trends appeared, and some that were long coming down the pipeline. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see over the coming year:
As we witnessed a large-scale migration towards working from home in 2020, a network of newly connected devices sprung up worldwide. Most of the home computers and personal laptops that sensitive work data was now hosted on were not adequately protected.
As a result, corporation networks that continued to be based out of a data center suffered. On the other hand, those who made the quick transition to the cloud flourished.
We can expect to see a change in security architecture by which corporations will adopt microservices and cloud-native applications.
Moreover, emphasis will be put on authentication systems that restrict access to authorized devices, apps, and individual users.
Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning
Defensive applications of AI are expected to have their moment in 2021, driving a trend of hyper-automation. A study undertaken by Cybnit estimates that 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. Consequently, automation is seen as necessary.
Hyper-automation is a process by which businesses automate as many IT or business processes as possible using AI, robotic process automation, machine learning, and many alternative tools. In short, they take the human out of the system.
While this shift was already well underway, the burgeoning threat of potentially devastating cyberattacks throughout 2020 sped it up.
As of now, it’s clear that manpower alone can’t handle all incoming attacks without help – automation is sorely needed.
Tying into the increasing adoption of automation systems is the fact that they’re more efficient if implemented across the board. Companies are expected to adopt a unified solution approach to proactive security rather than resorting to ineffective traditional point solutions.
The ability to address security attacks systematically across all company systems is key in maintaining data protection standards and ensuring that no threat can creep in.
Zero Trust has become one of cybersecurity’s latest buzzwords. Zero Trust is a strategic initiative aimed at preventing data breaches by eliminating the concept of trust from an organization’s network architecture.
By leveraging locked passways, the system should ask users for a form of identification such as a password and username as they go from one section of the system to another.
Mobile threats were accelerated in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Threats ranged from specialized spyware designed to snoop on encrypted messaging applications to criminals exploiting Android security vulnerabilities. Fraud was a particular weak spot during this time.
This trend is expected to continue alongside the development of security software patches to block such attacks.
In a world where the threat of attack looms around every corner online or in data systems – every precaution must be taken. Never has this been more true than in 2021 when we’re learning the extent that cyber-attackers will go to just to gain access to corporation networks or simply a hospital’s system.
The cybersecurity needs to have not only preventative measures in place to combat this onslaught but also be ready to adapt to any tactical changes. The trends outlined above are aiming at achieving that end and optimizing performance in a unique and untrodden cyber landscape. Contact MicroPac today for a secure solution.