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Cybersecurity goals and trends to watch in 2021

March 29, 2021
Last year the cyber-attack against the U.S. company SolarWinds clarified that no organization is safe from cybercriminals’ actions. The hacker-led operation reached more than 18,000 victims, including private companies and U.S. governmental organizations.
The attack investigation gathered enormous repercussions after finding out that criminals could spy and manipulate American agencies’ sensitive data, using Orion’s updates, a software developed by SolarWinds.
So far, the perpetrators of the attack remain unknown. It’s still unclear how many vulnerabilities hackers explored on SolarWinds’ software or how they used the data accessed. However, the possibilities are still under study.
To encourage companies to evolve their security measures, the Hivecore Group partner CompTIA created a Security Council. This new collective formed by experienced cyber leaders and executives seeks to assist vendors, security solutions providers, and technology companies in applying the best practices and business protocols.
CompTIA surveyed these leaders to find out their cybersecurity goals and what are the main trends for 2021. Learn more below.

Goal 1: Educate and Activate

The first objective of security leaders is to work together with companies to educate, enable and positively influence employees and teams. The goal is to improve companies and customers’ defense capacity and generate a good reputation for industries.

Goal 2: Reinvigorate and Collaborate

As a second objective, the security actions should promote a healthy debate with those involved and reinvigorate cyber-security dialogue. That way, IT professionals can focus their abilities on what makes a difference within the corporate defense scenario: promoting the search for appropriate solutions.

Goal 3: Inspire and Empower

The third key-initiative must be worked on progressively. Cyber ​​teams must inspire directors, investors, and other business leaders to understand how necessary security measures are for companies to achieve their desired results.
Information on cybersecurity should be presented in a simplified way to end the stigma that in-depth technical knowledge is needed to know how a particular IT security action works. The purpose is to involve more people in security and to make professionals from other branches (employees, decision-makers, customers) aware of the security measures that the organization must develop.

Trend 1: Fallout from 2020 Attacks Will Continue

The debate and effects related to SolarWinds and its entire supply chain violation are likely to continue, as one of the companies compromised on the attack, FireEye, had its security verification tools stolen. Specialists expect that attackers are going to use this information for other actions the rest of the year.

Trend 2: Business E-mail Compromises Will Accelerate

Attacks involving the compromise of corporate e-mails grew significantly in 2020, showing no signs that it will slow down the following year. This crime should continue to grow, both in terms of frequency and volume.
The attacks are likely to use a combination of themes like COVID-19 and political campaigns to trick users. Thus, it will be essential to invest in training collaborators to learn how to deal with these threats and promote greater attention on protection tools control.

Trend 3: Ransomware Attacks Will Grow, Splinter, and Plague All Businesses

Ransomware attacks will continue to threaten companies and will become the main threat that cybersecurity professionals will tackle. By the end of 2019 and throughout the year 2020, the damage from ransomware attacks became more severe, the ransom amounts much higher, and extortion became common.
Small, medium, and large companies will suffer devastating attacks. Criminal groups are likely to multiply, and many attacks should be carried out and updated with the tools developed due to the SolarWinds’ Orion vulnerabilities and the FireEye invasion.
Keep your company aligned with the main cybersecurity trends!
Companies must adopt measures that strengthen their cybersecurity posture, combining users’ training, incrementing processes, and implementing digital solutions to circumvent this type of occurrence. With these resources, it is possible to identify vulnerabilities in systems with more aptitude and mitigate risks before they can compromise your business.

Source: HiveCore Enterprise Solutions LLC

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