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Top Cybersecurity 2021 Trends

cybersecurity 2021 trends

We are all aware that cybersecurity constantly changes. Yet, it surely achieved phenomenal growth last year. Learn more about cybersecurity 2021 trends. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us rely on technology more than ever. Almost everyone does their business with the aid of technology. Thus, this has given cyber criminals more opportunities to steal data. This article analyzes the top cybersecurity 2021 trends to help you increase your defense. 

Impact of Remote Work: New Threats and Solutions

Many companies shifted to remote work and their employees are reaping the benefits it brings. However, the WFH setup opened major cybersecurity implications. 

For instance, the shift resulted in unplanned cloud migrations. Moreover, many companies rushed, if not skipped, implementing security measures. 

Remote work is likely to stay even when the crisis is over. Thus, organizations must identify the vulnerabilities of their security infrastructures. These weaknesses were left unattended during the sudden shift to remote. 

Furthermore, companies must start developing a long-term security strategy that focuses on the WFH setup.

Increased Use of Multi-Factor Authentication

Passwords are the first line of defense and will remain a cyber hygiene standard. However, many companies will implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) in 2021. 

MFA uses two or more separate factors in authorizing users to access data. This forces people to use more than one device to confirm their identity. Thus, this greatly decreases the risk for data breaches and malicious attacks. 

A common example of MFA is the use of one-time passcode or OTP. The user will receive an OTP on their linked phone number once they attempt to log in. 

However, Microsoft recently urged users to move away from phone-based MFA like the example mentioned above. SMS-based aren’t encrypted. This means that hackers can gain access to these plain text codes. Choose more secure MFA methods like application-based MFA. 

The bottom line here is to consider implementing MFA in your organization. However, take extra caution on the risks with phone-based MFA. 

COVID-19 Phishing Schemes

The continued release of the COVID-19 vaccination made people increasingly seek vaccination information. For instance, many people want to find out where these vaccines are being provided and who can get them. 

Unfortunately, hackers have seen this as an opportunity to carry out phishing attacks. In fact, the number of phishing attacks related to the COVID-19 vaccine increased dramatically. 

Hackers disguise as pharmaceutical companies and send “vaccination appointment” emails. These emails are designed to lure users into giving up personal information or downloading malware. 

Moreover, hackers also attack remote workers by disgusting as C-level executives. To combat this, improve your company’s identity management strategy. Additionally, ensure that all departments are aligned with cybersecurity policies. 

Increased Attacks on Cloud Services

The WFH setup has increased the demand for cloud-based services. Indeed, cloud services come with a lot of benefits such as:

  • Scalability
  • Efficiency
  • Lower costs

Yet, hackers still see the cloud as a prime target. If you are considering implementing cloud services, make sure you’re aware of the security measures you should have in place to avoid a data breach.

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