What to Expect for Cybersecurity?

Against the backdrop of 2020, below is the breakdown of what we expect to happen in 2021 in the broader security area and what threats, fraud, and business challenges companies will need to prepare for.


Specific remote workers

Every time there is a major change in the environment, corporate security criminals find a way to exploit it. Forrester estimates that we will see rates of remote work at more than 300 percent than before the coronavirus. With the rapid mass adoption of remote working and the possibility that many organizations will continue to work remotely, in whole or in part, in the coming months, it is highly likely that remote workers will be the target of increased tasks in 2021.

Rapid adoption of remote working has tradeoffs, with 83 percent of CISO saying they sacrificed some security standards to enable the increased remote working it required this year. We must be sure of what we call the “New Normal” in 2021. Covid-19 will still affect our lives, businesses, and societies.

After the rush of flexible remote work, organizations need to better secure their new distributed networks and cloud deployments to protect their applications and data. This means implementing and automating threat prevention at all points of the network, from cell phones and employee endpoints, to IoT devices, to the clouds; up to preventing advanced attacks from spreading rapidly between organizations and exploiting weaknesses to breach sensitive data. Companies will need to adopt stricter standards for work-from-home and implement a variety of solutions such as virtual desktop infrastructure, encryption for home network management, and software development. Edge and organization threat detection solutions to help strengthen cybersecurity protection.

Key sectors in the definition framework

We must consider that there is no cure for COVID abilities. There are several industries with specific data resources that are starting to come under attack and a simple breach or a major problem can have devastating financial consequences due to privacy regulations and other laws.

Healthcare organizations, financial services companies, educational organizations, and companies that handle sensitive data must be aware of the industry-specific risks they may face. In particular, large pharmaceutical companies that are developing vaccines will continue to be the target of malicious attacks by criminals or states across the nation trying to exploit this special situation.

Also, let's not forget that threat actors will continue to focus on remote learning. Schools and universities have turned to large-scale use of e-learning platforms, making them more vulnerable than ever. Although there are actually precautions that can be put in place, there is no doubt that attacks will continue to disrupt remote learning activities in the coming year.

Threat actors rely on distracted medical teams to make security mistakes, for example, or saturated or underfunded schools to leave critical cybercrime loopholes open when they attempt to implement remote learning. As these threats increase, organizations will need to adapt their threat assessment and defensive solution plans to keep their patient, student, or customer data safe.

5G offers a new trend

5G is the ultra-high-speed mobile internet we've been waiting for, and Leftronic estimates it will cover 40 percent of the world by 2021. People and organizations will soon adopt the devices and technologies that can power 5G for speed, networking, transfer. data and storage. Also, with new devices comes the risk of new threats.

So how can threat actors use 5G and other novel technologies to complete their malevolent plans? the fast, fully connected world that 5G promises provides opportunities for criminals and hackers to launch attacks and cause disruption by targeting that connectivity. The e-health devices will collect data on the well-being of the users, the connected vehicle services will monitor the movements of the users and the Smart City applications will collect information on how the users live their lives. This massive volume of data from always connected 5G devices will need protection against breaches, theft and tampering to ensure privacy and security against attacks, especially as much of this data will be diverted to corporate networks and their security controls.

As 5G spreads, the numbers of connected IoT devices will expand massively, increasing the vulnerability of networks to large-scale, multi-vector cyberattacks. IoT devices and their connections to networks and clouds are still a weak link to security. Devices are difficult to get full visibility and have complex security requirements.

According to Security Insiders, “With high-speed data transfers, hackers will be able to infect data packets and perform unnoticed corporate espionage. That is until companies change their focus and carefully watch for malicious breach attempts. Much higher levels of security and monitoring will be required once 5G becomes the standard for cloud-based communication and data transfer. "

Emergence of networks with zero trust

According to Cybersecurity Insiders, 19 percent of organizations are deploying zero-trust networks and another 78 percent are considering doing so in the future. Zero trust architecture is a paradigm shift in the world of cybersecurity. Although most tools and strategies focus on keeping external threat actors out of the company perimeter, null trust approaches user rules and parameters to verify every device or person that tries to connect to your network.

Guided by the phrase "never trust, always verify", these solutions are designed with the latest protection in mind and can include solutions such as segmented networks for different uses, avoiding lateral movements within systems with reverification and more. Every aspect of your organization's "trust surface" is protected with micro-perimeters that use continuous verification and other methods to ensure that only authorized access exists. This is a different approach, moving from trying to verify trust to simply removing trust from the equation and requiring constant verification for access to networks, applications, data, and devices.

Reducing budgets requires careful technology selection

Forrester predicts that IT spending will decline in 2021, and when it comes to IT organizations being under pressure to provide secure customer and employee experiences, every penny counts. Our prediction is that this will encourage CIOs, CISOs, and technology leaders to make platform-level decisions that can help increase the security performance of their entire organization. This may include advancing the adoption of managed services, as well as implementing technologies and tools that can offer automated security support at the platform, network, and end-user level. Converged solutions that offer “more for your money” while taking a stronger stance on risk mitigation are likely to be on the rise.

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