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2021’s Biggest Cybersecurity Tips and Trends

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2021’s Biggest Cybersecurity Tips and Trends

2021’s Biggest Cybersecurity Tips and Trends

2020 was certainly a year like none of us had previously experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It led to social, political, and health shifts. Businesses were significantly impacted as well. Because of shutdowns and other public health orders, many companies around the world had their employees move immediately to remote work.

That brought new challenges in many ways, including as far as cybersecurity and the ramifications of remote work on data security.

The following, with those things in mind, are some of the key things to know about cybersecurity tips and trends right now.

Managed Detection and Response

Having a managed detection and response service in your corner as a business of any size is key right now.

Managed detection and response or MDR is a form of outsourced cybersecurity services that protect your data, even if a cybercriminal or threat is able to get past your security controls.

Managed detection and response uses high-level skills analysis paired with leading-edge security tools. It gives you enterprise-level security services, even if your budget isn’t enterprise-level.

Understanding Remote Work Threats

As was touched on, the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 changed so many things, including how we work. The shift to large-scale remote work had big implications for cybersecurity.

That meant rushed cloud migrations, for example, and getting the tools to support remote workers.

Now that we’re more than a year into that and many companies do still have employees working remotely, it’s a good idea to take a deeper-level look at how remote work can and does impact your cybersecurity.

We’re at a point where organizations need to make the support of remote work, including when it comes to cybersecurity, a top priority in everything they do.

Organizations are going to need to constantly assess and reassess the threats that face remote workers, and that’s not something that’s likely to change any time soon.

There’s something specific and important to note here. A lot of companies have started relying heavily on automation for different processes, but that can create a risk in and of itself. Hackers and cybercriminals can begin to identify patterns in this automation that they can use to their advantage.

To stay protected as far as this is concerned, businesses need endpoint cybersecurity systems, and they need employees to be well-trained on them.

Zero-Trust Architecture

One of the biggest overall trends in cybersecurity right now is the implementation of zero-trust architecture or zero-trust network access.

This can speak to a number of threats that are currently pervasive, including ransomware attacks.

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to data security, and the way that these attacks are carried out continues to become more sophisticated and difficult to identify. Cybercriminals can steal data and encrypt it, demanding payment for its un-encryption.

While in the past, most companies used virtual private networks as a way to deal with these types of threats, that’s no longer enough and phishing is one of the biggest ways that ransomware criminals get into a system.

That’s where zero-trust network access can be helpful because it assumes no one is safe, not even people working within the network.

The zero-trust architecture concept gives a high level of control and significantly reduces the likelihood of not just ransomware attacks but a variety of others.

Location Independent Access

Again, this is a trend that relates directly to the growth of remote work in the past year. With businesses being forced to transition to remote work in 2020, many are now seeing that it actually has a lot of benefits that they’re interested in holding onto.

With that means comes the challenge of providing employees with access to what they need, when they need it, regardless of their location.

This is also important even when organizations are going to try out more of a hybrid model, where they have people working in person sometimes and remotely others.

The burden is on employers to make sure that employees have access to the data and assets required to do their jobs and to do them in a productive, effective way.

Threats to Senior-Level Staff

Finally, there is a growing amount of evidence suggesting that high-level and senior employees are now prime targets for cybercriminals. Senior staff members are the ones who are in a position to authorize payments, which is one reason they are a valuable target.

Cybercriminals are drilling down and targeting specific employees and devices rather than the entire IT infrastructure, which is a shift.

 

Praneet is the CEO and Editor of the website TeckFly.com. He is a blogger and have varoius blog on various topic and he is from India who loves to read and write about Technology, Gadgets and Gaming. If you share the similar interests then you can follow him on Facebook | Google+ | Twitter

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