The year 2020 is nearing its end. Yet, hackers never stop attacking. Check out these 2021 cybersecurity new threats to watch out for 2021.
2019 and 2020 saw many data breaches. It is predicted that this trend will continue for more years to come. Cybersecurity has become a big issue both for the tech industry and the public. Nevertheless, cybersecurity has never been more important for organizations.
It does not matter if your business is big or small. Hackers target businesses regardless of their size. Please take the time to read this article. This helps readers ready for the cyber threats 2021 brings.
More Direct Attacks On Cloud Services
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses to rely more on cloud computing. Forbes estimated that organizations transferred 83% of their workload to cloud storage. Cloud providers do their best to protect clients’ data, However, it is still your main responsibility to keep the data safe.
Furthermore, the increased reliance on cloud computing brought many challenges. For instance, users must implement stricter security protocols. Moreover, this also means an increase in thrust on infrastructure security.
BYOD and Mobile Security
COVID-19 pandemic caused many employees to work from home. Moreover, this WFH setup enabled them to use their own devices for work. Although this made companies reduce operating costs and increase productivity through remote work, this imposes a risk of leaking the data to unauthorized users. Employers must educate their workers on the safe handling of data.
The number of ‘must-installed’ apps grew in 2020. It is predicted that the number of such apps will heavily increase in 2021. Why? As many students and workers shift to remote operations, this requires them to install apps required for communication.
Moreover, more people rely on various apps to kill boredom. These apps are often downloaded with no security concern. For example, the Chinese-developed app TikTok made the rounds on social media. This app allows users to create short entertaining videos. TikTok became popular with young people. However, this app has been found with many cyber weaknesses. The U.S.A. considers this app as a cyber threat. It is important to make thorough research before installing an app.
Ransomware and Malware
Experts predict that ransomware will be the major form of attack in 2020. And that still may be the case next year.
The most wicked ransomware attacks are against hospitals. Such attacks cause medical records for patients unavailable. This unavailability causes patients to suffer. Furthermore, businesses must take a deep look at the results of ransomware attacks on them. Afterward, they must act to minimize those consequences.
Verizon reports that 34% of cyber-attacks were caused by employees. Those happened either by intention or accident. Businesses must brace for USB drives of their staff that take away massive information to help fraudsters with the attack or follow suspicious links attached to emails.
Education Is The Key
Cyber threats will be a part of our lives for a long time. Thus, it is really important to be educated on these threats. Employers must take security awareness training as one of their priorities.
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