The Coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of financial disruption to people worldwide, putting them on edge. In turn, the number of cybersecurity attacks keeps skyrocketing as more people try to find avenues to survive. Some cybersecurity trends that are likely to continue into 2021 include;
Ransomware cyber attacks
Ransomware attacks are among the security trends to watch for in 2021. It refers to holding data hostage or valuable financial data of an organization or company and making them pay to retrieve their data back. Organizations that have been targeted by such attacks include financial companies, hospitals, and private businesses. Sometimes they are forced to pay these attackers to get their data back.
Focusing on remote workers
The number of cyberattacks carried out by targeting remote workers skyrocketed in 2020 and is set to still go up in the new year. Cybercriminals continue to utilize the gaps in business online security structure. Many companies were forced to allow their employees to work remotely without a proper infrastructure; thus, most are not fully prepared and have loopholes that provide an opportunity for an increased number of cybercrimes.
Use of artificial intelligence
Criminals are now learning how to use AI to launch and carry out their attacks. More criminals have mastered AI to enable them to stay hidden and conduct successful financial and data raids. The implementation of Artificial intelligence is a cybersecurity trend to curb these attacks is critical in 2021.
Use of 5G
By 2024 5G is expected to be worldwide, offering the transfer of data up to 10GB/s. This means that cyber-attacks will not only have steady but fast avenues to tap data and siphon large companies’ information. Thus, this is a cybersecurity trend one should watch out for in the new year. More people will use this avenue to carry out their malicious intent and siphon information from the organization unnoticed.
Attacks through VPNs
With the increased number of remote employees, many organizations require employees to use VPNs to connect to the organization network and carry out their roles. However, this opens up the organization to a lot of danger as VPNs allow access to too much information and are weak links that may be used to siphon information and send malware to the organization’s intranet. A critical prediction into 2021 is that these attacks will increase, and organizations should brace themselves with adequate security measures.
It is essential to have an IT person or team working for the organization as cybersecurity trends become tougher to notice and stop in the next year. Having software may not be enough to protect a business.