Tech is expanding and along with it is the growing importance of cybersecurity and related protective services. As reported by Fintech News, cyberattacks have seen a 238% increase since COVID-19 in 2020 alone. With evolving tech and new vulnerabilities, the scope and trends of cybersecurity are adapting accordingly. It’s important to stay on top of these changes.
Here are some trends to look out for in 2021.
File-less attacks, as implied by the name, are cyberattacks done without the use of files and are a growing concern in the industry. While they’re not a new form of attack, their lack of flagging by advanced anti-virus software has led to a recent boom in popularity.
These attacks are orchestrated by sending a link out to a seemingly innocuous (but malicious) website. This means that without installing any files or accepting any agreements, attackers are able to access programs and files on compromised devices, which can then be used to further gain information on their target.
While this is bad for the average consumer, it can be absolutely devastating for businesses as applying these attacks to corporate devices leads to unauthorized access to sensitive client and employee information. As this harder-to-detect method of compromising data becomes a go to for hackers, it’s important to stay informed on them and update your preventative measures accordingly.
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines Ransomware as, “an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable.”
Attackers will lock files until you pay the specified amount, hence the name Ransomware. This alarming method of cyberattack is mainly carried out via phishing scams, which the CISA also has further information about on their site. Because this method of attack continues to adapt, it requires constant monitoring by IT professionals.
One of the most anticipated developments of the past decade, 5G is finally being installed nationwide, which is bound to change the way people access the internet. While this is great for most internet users, it also creates new entry points for cyber-criminals, and allows for them to use their usual tricks and scams at an undetectable rate. As long as you take the same precautions you normally would, these attacks can be avoided and dealt with.
According to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), insider attacks accounted for staggering 30% of data breaches in 2020, and that figure is only expected to rise in 2021.
Speculation is less pressure on socially distant workers has caused misuse of internal systems and services, thus causing an increased number of cases.
The statistics and new threats are alarming for individuals or business owners, but luckily there are plenty of preventative and protective IT services available to provide support.
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