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Cyber security trends for 2021

2020 has been quite the year for cyber crime and cyber security. With unprecedented levels of remote working, it’s been open season for phishing attacks. 2021 is likely to provide more of the same along with some newer arrivals. If you’re unfamiliar with the basics we’d suggest brushing up on those first. But if you’re already familiar with the current world of cyber security and data security, here are a few trends to look out for in 2021.

Remote work will be just as important

Remote working

Many of us will still be forced to work from home until a COVID vaccine is in full swing. Even then remote work will no doubt remain popular for many businesses. If your business doesn’t have a proper WFH (work from home) and BYOD (bring your own device) policy, then now’s the time to draw one up.

Phishing scams and ransomware will be as threatening as ever

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Propping up Microsoft Teams is the ability to store work in a shared space. SharePoint and OneDrive both give users the ability to access and collaborate on documents fromWith remote work still very much a thing, criminals will be looking to capitalise on our substandard home cyber security. This means phishing scams will be just as threatening and the ransomware these scams harbour, will be just as popular. Unless email security gets super clever overnight, the only way to combat phishing attacks will be with quality cyber security training. anywhere and set security permissions.

Making endpoint management more important

With a remote and distributed workforce, there will be a variety of endpoints used by employees. Each may have varying levels of security. This gives cyber criminals a wider variety of easy access points to corporate networks. With endpoint management solutions, you can protect a remote workforce from cyber threats and automate compliance. It can also make troubleshooting seamless.

Zero trust cyber security will become more popular

Increased remote working and a new variety of cloud computing environments are starting to tear down the traditional “castle and moat” security practices. Zero-Trust Network Access is starting to emerge as a more secure option for businesses to stay secure. According to Gartner:

“ZTNA is a technology that provides controlled access to resources, reducing the surface area for attack. The isolation afforded by ZTNA improves connectivity, removing the need to directly expose applications to the internet.”

– Gartner

New cyber weaknesses will always emerge. And new technology will emerge to meet it. But one weakness that’s likely to remain constant is human error. Cyber criminals know this. Hence why cyber security training for your employees is always a smart investment. There are all sorts of benefits to cyber security training. But overall, it can help your employees become the first line of defence.

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