With so many scams, hacks, and ransomware attacks hitting an all-time high, 2020 has been a difficult year for cybersecurity. From health breaches to mobile phishing scams, cybersecurity has suffered a slew of unparalleled assaults. In the cybersecurity arena, with remote work extended to 2021, we must prepare for another busy year. Some of the cybersecurity developments, which are expected to continue well into 2021, are outlined here:
The ‘Everywhere Enterprise’ is here to stay.
The enterprise is now everywhere – data resides everywhere, work takes place everywhere, and employees interact with clients everywhere. People will continue to work remotely, from anywhere, not necessarily in the workplace. In 2021, we are not going to see 100 percent of companies move to the workplace, and we won’t see 100 percent stay remote either. Employees will have the independence to decide where they want to work and to make that possible, businesses will need to take reasonable security measures. The job persona for 2021 will be someone who is working on the go using a number of mobile devices, such as tablets and phones. A static worker on the desktop will no longer be a reality.
Authentication enhancements will occur, and the password will finally die.
One challenge we’re going to face in 2021 is people figuring out how to go from depending on passwords for authentication to not just the second element but to fully remove the unnecessary friction with passwords created by the organization.
Health institutions will be the prime target group for ransomware attacks.
As a vertical becomes important, it is seen as their greatest chance by powerful attackers, so it is obvious that hospitals will be a big target for ransomware attacks in 2021. With the rising use of telemedicine and sensitive patient data flowing 24/7 through new mobile endpoints and legacy infrastructures, health institutions would be a hacker’s dream.
AI will be used as a new form of authentication.
With approximately 88 billion credential stuffing attacks registered in a 24-month span alone, cyber-related password attacks continue to dominate every sector. In order to address this issue and kill the password for good, companies need to follow a mobile-centric zero-trust security strategy. Using machine learning and AI, this approach goes beyond identity management and gateway strategies by using a more robust set of attributes before allowing access to determine compliance. It validates devices, determines the context of the user, tracks application authorization, verifies the network, and detects and remedies threats before safe access is given to a system or user.
Mobile employees will be the riskiest for organizations.
In the modern work from home era, we are constantly operating on the go, relying on public Wi-Fi networks, using mobile devices, remote networking platforms, and working with cloud suites. The greatest security risk for enterprises will be mobile employees, as they view IT security as a hindrance to effectiveness and feel that IT security compromises personal privacy.
With so many improvements in the way businesses operate, in the days to come, data security risks are likely to loom large. Businesses should also invest in the latest data security technologies that provide robust data security and allow businesses to comply with compulsory data privacy guidelines.