2021 CyberSecurity Trends: 5 Recommendations to make your company safer
Just as we were busy adapting ourselves and our businesses to deal with COVID-19, cybersecurity issues skyrocketed, too.
The year 2020 marked a record-breaking cyber attack environment, not only for individuals and companies, but also for government institutions. The pandemic forced companies to swiftly create remote work environments, run through cloud-based systems, change Access Policies and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) configurations while strengthening VPN Access, Password Policies and Privileged Access Management.
Effective Strategies for 2021 Cybersecurity Trends
Using AI as a tool to alleviate the cybersecurity talent gap
According to (ISC)², “the cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 145% to close the skill gap and better defend organizations worldwide”.
But what if technological improvements could increase employee efficiency by 10 times or more? In what ways is AI helping solve security problems?
Automated Threat Detection
The Security Operations Centers (SOCs) continue to mature and deploy next-gen technologies. 93% of Security Operations Center professionals are already applying machine learning and AI policies to improve the SOC intelligence and detect advanced threats.
It’s difficult to keep up with all the patches and updates for all devices with the increased use of IoT, but AI can monitor and manage the firmware update process effortlessly.
In large networks, it’s impossible to manually run diagnostics on a daily basis, but AI can take care of this task.
AI can provide detailed information regarding the attack and its impact, helping the cybersecurity team to understand what can be improved.
2. Strengthening the weakest link
There hasn't been a more pressing time than now to educate our users on cybersecurity, as they are often the weakest link. As attackers look every second for new vulnerabilities and ways to get around our defenses, it is critical that organizations step up and get all staff members educated about cybersecurity basics. Phishing attacks have significantly increased over the years and they are even more sophisticated nowadays. More and more, a cybersecurity educational program, using online-learning tools, is a must-have.
3. Enabling Work-from-Home Security
According to Gartner, “64% of employees are now able to work from home, and two-fifths actually are working from home. From a security perspective, this requires a total reboot of policies and tools and approved machines to better mitigate the risks.”
Here are a few steps that can improve your team's security:
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) software protects data from theft or loss that could cost your company in fines or productivity. Implementing a DLP program is a bare minimum once companies expand their remote work footprint.
But what does DLP software protect?
- Design documents
- Project plans
- Patent applications
- Source code
- Process documentation
- Financial records and statements
- Employee records
- Pricing documents
- User logins
- End-user logins
- Credit card numbers
- Social security numbers
- Medical data
4. Privilege Access Management
Most companies are aware of the challenge of storing and managing passwords across the footprint while keeping remote employers and contractors productive.
Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions are here to tackle this challenge. They can be used to safely store and share passwords with audit trails and logs, and also change passwords regularly, keeping your environment safe.
They can also be used as jump servers, in order to minimize the attack surface on the company's network.
In this scenario, end-users don’t need to have network access directly to production servers, or devices, but only to the jump servers which will play a special role as proxies and also performing screen recordings of all sessions made to the devices.
Attackers are targeting employers and contractors with a huge amount of phishing and social engineering attacks, having a password expiration/change policy decreases this attack vector.
5. Cyber-savvy boards
Cybersecurity programs and tools are high-priced, and cybersecurity budgets were put on the spotlight.
Gartner points out that the board members will pay even more attention to security matters, also going for the nuts and bolts of its operations, so CISOs and cybersecurity third-party consultants should expect higher scrutiny on security matters as a result.