Industries witnessed how threat actors attacked IT security and privacy last year. So, there is hardly any doubt that these areas will be the top targets in 2021. Security experts do not see any dip in the trend for the current year. In this article at eWeek, Chris Preimesberger shares the forecast for IT security and privacy in 2021.
What’s the Forecast for IT Security?
IT security has become a major concern nowadays, and you cannot avoid but address it. Let’s find out what the security experts have to forecast for IT security and privacy in 2021:
- People will work from home for some time now, and they will use their personal network to connect to company databases. Focus on securing employee networks and devices. According to Tessian CEO Tim Sadler, “Companies must make security as flexible as their people in 2021.”
- The recent Octopus Scanner Malware incident proved that attackers are employing older viruses with newer technologies to increase breach impact and effectiveness.
- Due to the frequent breaches and data privacy loss, consumers will want more control over their data. So, organizations will create ‘personal identity’ structure that enables customers to decide which data they want to share with providers.
- The education sector saw a steep 30-percent rise in cyber-attacks in August last year. This year they are going to prioritize students that want to opt for cybersecurity courses.
- You will have to provide medical status and contact information wherever you go—airport or restaurants. Some institutions will not have the necessary equipment to protect your data giving rise to a new vector of security breaches.
- 5G will open a unique spectrum of opportunities for many sectors. End-users and vendors must collaborate to address the innovative threats.
- Account takeovers would be commonplace, so CISOs will enforce the zero-trust model more to safeguard their company.
- 95 percent of the younger Gen Z population are used to mobile devices, and 51 percent of Gen Alpha already aspiring for cybersecurity-based jobs. Tenable CTO Renaud Deraison remarked that diversity is important to close the cybersecurity gaps.
Threats to Look Out for
- You will see a rise in botnet attacks in 2021.
- Ransomware-based attacks can also pose a threat to the energy sector through power outages in large parts of the U.S.
- Since more healthcare practitioners will leverage emerging technologies, the health industry will also be a primary target for threat actors.
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