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The COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse impacts on businesses from every industry, and cybersecurity is certainly no exception. This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed the cyber threats that take place due to the work from home phenomenon, with cyber attackers targeting vulnerable remote workers’ systems.

 

2021 brings on its own new set of challenges. Although the discovery of a vaccine gives hope in overcoming the pandemic, the cybersecurity challenges facing organizations are not likely to end any soon, and corporates will continue their efforts to up their security in 2021.

 

2021 prediction report by Check Point on security among organizations reveals that around 58% of businesses reported an increase in cyberattacks since the pandemic began. This means there will be more need for vigilance among organizations than ever.

 

CISOs rebuild security policies

 

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) made several decisions out of the prevailing circumstances in 2021. Employees working remotely in the United States increased by 42% since mid-2020. While it was necessary to make such decisions at that time, there will be severe consequences in 2021. As threats increase, we see a new approach to security take shape within the industry called Zero Trust.

 

What is Zero Trust?

 

This new security mindset involves treating any activity suspiciously, from the host, services, and applications to the network. According to CSO Online, it is a “security concept centered on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters and instead must verify anything and everything trying to connect to its systems before granting access.”

 

Overcoming threats and applying safe practices

 

There are several actions that organizations need to adopt in order to survive cyber threats and safely practice a Zero Trust mentality. Understanding threats and investing in protection are key.

 

In order for business leaders to educate staff on the importance of recognizing and responding to suspicious activity, they must take the steps to educate themselves first. Sitting down with an IT professional is a great way to learn about the unique set-up and vulnerabilities within their business model.

 

Understanding security is not where the threat ends, it is only the beginning. It is essential for businesses to invest not only in preventive controls but also in detection and response services too. Regular security audits become a crucial mitigation measure for the business.

 

Business IT is a complex issue that is necessary to tackle. At SingularisIT, we provide incredible White-Glove IT services to help you overcome any challenge you may face with cost-effective and tailor-made solutions for your business.

 

Are you interested in a specific kind of security for your business? We offer the following services to protect you.

  • Data Centers & Managed Hosting
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  • Disaster Recovery
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  • Remote Desktop as a Service
  • And more

We are here to help your business take on 2021 and the threats that accompany the return of workers to the office. Reach out to us today and learn more about our service options.