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Dec 7, 2020

Cybersecurity in 2021: 4 potential cybersecurity threats

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Cybersecurity in 2021 is about to take on a more significant role than it ever has. 

Davalyn Corporation’s talent access professionals can help your company source and place the cybersecurity talent you will need in the coming year.

Virtually every workplace across the globe has changed as a result of 2020. Many traditional office careers now offer a remote option if not a total shift to virtual office environments. Industries of every shape and form need to be aware of the inherent risks that accompany the potential gains of a remote workforce. 

Developing a solid and agile cybersecurity strategy and recruiting those IT, data processing and AI experts is no longer an option but a necessity to safeguard your company’s resources. Cybersecurity in 2021 will be an area into which all companies need to invest time and resources, developing teams to address and combat potential cyber attacks.

Safeguarding your remote employees has to be a priority

With the increased utilization of remote work and the various technologies that make it possible, bad actors conducted an increased number of cyberattacks, taking advantage of an increased number of vectors and access points. They implemented a variety of attack methods, including ransomware, vishing and phishing. Many companies were sorely unprepared for this type of negative attention, threatening their datastores, productivity and consumer trust. 

Cybersecurity in 2021 will require companies to make resources available to employees to prevent incursions such as malware-based attacks. A fair amount of remote work is not done on those devices provided and meticulously monitored by that company. Giving a workforce access to adequate methods of protection and training those professionals how to efficiently use them is an investment no company utilizing remote work can afford not to properly and consistently address.

Updating your security architecture 

When remote work became widely used to safeguard working populations from the threat of the pandemic, many companies turned to security devices and software like virtual private networks (VPNs) hoping for a catch-all solution to their mounting cybersecurity hazards. However, the VPN comes with its own potential risks. Unpatched or updated VPNs contain known vulnerabilities hackers and other bad actors can easily exploit. Also, if an employee with access to a VPN is attacked and credentials are gained, attackers can potentially gain unfettered access to your company’s information and other resources.  

New zero-trust security models, security systems where employees are only given access to those permissions absolutely necessary for them to carry out their duties, are seeing increased use and are set to replace VPNs totally in the next few years. Cybersecurity in 2021 will require companies that wish to remain secure and competitive to gain access to IT and other professionals capable of designing, constructing and maintaining these systems.

AI is here and growing

The sheer amount of data being produced every minute of every day is staggering. Keeping those datastores viable and secure is no longer a problem that can be defined as human scale. Whether it be used for machine learning, machine reasoning or process automation, AI is and will become an even greater tool in the cybersecurity toolset, enabling cybersecurity professionals to address and swiftly respond to system breaches, reducing damage and returning companies to a productive state. 

AI technology is not only in the hands of industry professional and security officers. It is a resource for those who wish to exploit those companies and organizations as well. That’s why building those teams with a deep and growing understanding of AI is already an important step in a complete cybersecurity strategy. 

Compromised identities are a real issue

Along with access to remote employee devices, cybercriminals may gain access to the employees themselves through an individual’s credentials and, in so doing, their identity. Using various forms of coercion, such as extortion or threatening to make private information public, bad actors may leverage professionals to grant them unfettered access to their organization’s most sensitive and vital data. 

Cybersecurity in 2021 must be about educating an entire workforce of the danger that exists and in taking every measure possible to reduce easily preventable breaches. Building a cybersecurity division or hiring the right cybersecurity specialists, those individuals capable of dealing with expected and novel threats, and developing real-time knowledge of potential threats and their attack vectors must become common practice.

At Davalyn Corporation, we see a bright future ahead for all the industries we represent, but part of that future is ensuring all of your resources are safe and secure. Our talent access professionals can help your company source and place the cybersecurity talent you will need in 2021.

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