2021 follows on from one of the most turbulent years in cybersecurity history, and because of that, it’s important to know which threats are most likely to come to your doorstep this year. Digital threats are more sophisticated than ever before; we have to keep an eye out for more than just suspicious websites and malicious links in any unrecognized emails.
Because of this, we’ve listed out the biggest cybersecurity threats of the year ahead, and what you can do to avoid them.
Exploiting Vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things (IoT)
With far more technology on the market than ever before, it’s clear we need to be aware of attacks against more than just our computer or laptop. More and more every day appliances are now becoming wifi enabled, such as toasters and fridges in common domestic settings, and drones or inventory management platforms in commercial settings.
Hacking into these is an easy target, as we don’t think they need the same kind of protection, allowing malicious users into the main network. However, making use of security measures, like different passwords and signal encryption, on any and all IoT devices can stamp out any weak points in your network’s chain
Pandemic Related Phishing Campaigns
With the handling of COVID-19 constantly on our minds, fear and worry can be far more easily exploited by attackers online. Ensure that any and all pandemic related emails are thoroughly vetted before you or your employees open any links within them. Notice the time and topic of the emails and look for if they coincide with any major news.
Cloud Attacks and Breaches
With poor cloud maintenance in many companies around the world, breaches are becoming more and more commonplace, and company data is being leaked at a regular rate. With remote working a norm in 2021, there’s a good chance we’ll only see the number of cloud attacks on a daily basis going up over the next few months.
Implementing a well handled and managed IT platform is a good way to stay safe if you’re concerned about your cloud computing capability. Thankfully, in terms of IT cybersecurity, keeping the digital cloud safe for each and every user is the number one priority—improvements in cloud infrastructure (such as cloud based servers) happen every single day.
Exploiting Security Gaps in User Devices
Working from home has been one of the best contingency plans in place for businesses around the globe since the start of 2020. However, even in 2021, there can be issues with working remotely—namely, user devices can be a lot less secure than official company office property.
Issuing a company policy of only connecting to your network when using a secure signal, as well as general encryption and regularly changed passwords, are all great ways to keep your data secure from any and all remote entry points.
When you know where threats are coming from, you’ll find it much easier to maintain your cybersecurity and protect your business through 2021 and beyond.