In the Cyber Security Predictions 2021 report, the leading security challenges that organizations will face in the coming year are detailed.
Companies across all industries regularly make predictions about what will happen next year, but the unexpected advent of the pandemic has disrupted world business as well as personal lives. Organizations have been forced to make decisions that have fundamentally, and perhaps permanently, changed the way they do business. First of all, the need on the part of most companies to make smart working and remote work possible for employees, many of which will remain so.
Faced with all this, the world of IT security is also facing challenges. Companies continue to suffer breaches, resulting in business interruptions, data compromise, reputational damage, and almost always financial loss. The latter needs to warn against the emerging threats of ransomware and botnets and the challenges of securing the new 5G networks and the explosion of the connected devices it will power.
What To Expect In 2021
Cybersecurity forecasts for 2021 can be divided into three categories:
2.Malware, privacy, and cyber conflicts
3.Emerging 5G and IoT platforms
Developments Linked To The Pandemic
- Ensuring the New Normal :As remote work increases, companies need to secure their new networks and cloud deployments better. This means enforcing and automating threat prevention across the network to prevent advanced attacks from spreading rapidly and exploiting vulnerabilities to breach sensitive data.
- Phishing: As the virus continues to be a topic of debate, all news related to it will continue to be used in phishing campaigns, as has been the case until now. Pharmaceutical companies, for example, will continue to be targeted by malicious attacks.
- Online lessons will still be a target: Many schools and universities have adopted e-learning and DDA platforms in recent months, so it is no surprise that the sector has seen an increase in cyber attacks. These will continue to disrupt distance learning into the next year as well.
Malware, Privacy, And Cyber-WarFare
- Double extortion increases the presence of ransomware: In recent months, there has been a sharp increase in double extortion ransomware attacks: hackers extract large amounts of sensitive data before encrypting victims’ databases and then threaten to publish that data unless no ransom is paid.
- Botnets will continue to grow: Hackers have turned many malware families into botnets to build armies of infected computers to launch attacks. Emotet, the most used malware in 2020, has grown from a banking trojan to one of the most persistent and versatile botnets capable of launching various malicious exploits.
- Nations will hit each other: nation-states’ cyber attacks will continue to grow, either for espionage or to influence events in other countries. Microsoft reported that attackers from just three countries launched 89% of nation-state attacks in the past year.
- Arming Deep Fakes: Fake video or audio techniques are now advanced enough to be used to create targeted content to manipulate public opinion. It is, in fact, possible to falsify the audio to implement Voice Phishing.
- Privacy. What privacy? Mobile devices are already giving away far more personal information than people realize, thanks to apps that require extensive access to contacts, messages, and more. One example is Covid tracking apps, which have privacy concerns and leak sensitive data.
5G And The IoT World
5G offers lawbreakers and programmers numerous chances to dispatch assaults and cause a burden. For instance, e-wellbeing gadgets will gather information on the prosperity of clients, associated vehicle administrations will screen their developments, and intelligent urban communities will collect data on how clients carry on with their lives. This immense volume of information consistently on 5G gadgets should be shielded from break, burglary, and altering to guarantee protection and protection from assaults.
Simultaneously, with the spread of 5G organizations, the quantity of associated IoT gadgets will likewise grow, drastically expanding the weakness of organizations to digital assaults. IoT gadgets and their associations with networks and the cloud are a failure point in security – it is hard to accomplish total gadget perceivability. A more comprehensive way to deal with IoT security is expected to ensure these steadily developing organizations across every monetary area.