Top 5 Cybersecurity Trends and Predictions for 2021

1) Remote working will not go away

Until mass vaccinations occur, remote working is here to stay in 2021. Cybercriminals will continue to exploit the vulnerabilities of remote working such as the security gaps in company networks and infrastructure.

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2) Cloud security

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of companies migrating to cloud services. A common perception is that cloud service systems are secure. However, never assume that the cloud environment is automatically safe. In fact, it is not spared from security threats, such as cloud-jacking — the hijacking of a cloud account by hackers.

3) Phishing attacks will continue to be a major threat

Phishing attacks will continue to be a major cyber threat this year. Cybercriminals are constantly looking out for new events to tap on and the pandemic has proved to be a lucrative opportunity last year. In 2020, there was a 667% increase in phishing attacks during the pandemic, as observed by Barracuda Networks.

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4) Increasing danger of ransomware attacks

Ransomware, a subset of malware, is widely used in cyberattacks whereby an organization’s database is encrypted, and payment is extorted from the victim organisation in exchange for the restoration of the data. Today, as many as 58% of ransomware victims, from every industry, have paid a ransom.

5) Data security will be an ongoing concern

In a growing digital climate, data security will be a great concern for organisations big or small. Numerous enterprises have fallen victim to data breaches due to sophisticated cyberattacks and had their reputations tarnished.

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