Cybersecurity Trends and Predictions for 2021

Cybersecurity Trends and Predictions for 2021

As we fast approach the new year, many organizations are looking into cybersecurity trends and predictions for 2021 in order to ensure they are using the latest industry best practices.

  1. Zero Trust Approach to Security

Zero Trust is a security procedure that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its network.  Everything must be verified before granting access can be given. The zero trust approach to security is becoming more mainstream as organizations face the rising costs and  frequency.

 

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With COVID, IT spending has been all over the map in 2020 as projects were put on hold while organizations tried to adapt to the work from home.  and analysts expect it to stay on the same track for 2021. That reality means that information security decision-makers will remain mindful of budget constraints as they choose what to buy in the coming year.

  1. Network Security will include more Mobile device management (MDM)

Why is Mobile device management (MDM) moving fast up the list?  Recent IT security studies shows that cybercriminals steal more than 24,000 records during each attack, at an average cost of $141 each making it more costly for businesses. This is why many businesses are tightening IT security on mobile devices including organizations policies on what devices can use the network and which apps employees can access while connected to it.  This will be crucial as many people use their own devices from home to access work.

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  1. Verification, Verification, Verification

Many organizations will be looking at identity-centric security as they believe that a verified identity will be necessary for accessing network resources. Organizations that implement identity-based security must shift into reactive mindsets as this will only represent one element of the security equation.  If a company does not use the zero-trust model there will still be a more rigorous approach to giving people access to content on organizations network in 2021.

  1. Cyber security training and phishing campaigns

The new year will bring new changes to IT security however some things will stay the same such as employee cyber security training.  Phishing campaigns will continue centering on attacks related to COVID-19 and work-from-home (WFH).  This means organizations need to proactively educate employees on how to recognize phishing and tell them how criminals might try to appeal to them.

  1. Data classification used to prevent breaches

A recent IT security study found that approximately 82 percent of organizations classify their data as confidential.  They also identified that putting data into categories as an access control measure is not enough to stop breaches due to 62 percent of companies allow employees to access data they do not need which increases their chances of a data breach by 2.5 times.  This is one large part of cyber security trends moving forward.

As 2021 approaches these cybersecurity trends and predictions for 2021 are some great items for management to discuss and plan around to ensure the latest industry best practices.

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