Businesses deal with many types of threats, but among those threats, cyberattacks have become the most troublesome. Just recently, we saw the effects of a ransomware attack on a national pipeline. Furthermore, cyber threats have only gotten worse by the year. In order to stay protected, you must keep track of the latest developments in cybersecurity and adjust your security measures accordingly.
Top Trends in Cybersecurity for 2021
We’re in the middle of the year and we’ve seen a flurry of new threats emerge. However, we’ve also seen the development of new technologies, surprising revelations, and changes in corporate culture that offer promising solutions to these dangers. Taking everything that’s happened so far into account, these are 2021’s business technology trends for cybersecurity.
Existing Cyber Threats Are Getting Stronger
The threats we faced last year aren’t going anywhere. In fact, phishing, ransomware, trojans, and botnets are evolving and becoming more sophisticated. Not only that, but as we lean more towards automation, expect the volume of these hazards to grow in number and frequency.
Many cyber criminals have already started to plot their next move. Now that malware and social engineering campaigns are being industrialized, hackers can assess and fine-tune their strategies based on the results of a previous attack. As a result, these problems are going to be more difficult to defend against.
An Increase in Cybersecurity Awareness for Employees
There is one vulnerability that every organization shares—their employees. Regardless of the strength of your cybersecurity, the human factor can bring your network crashing down if you’re not careful because malware and social engineering are designed to deceive people.
The best way to reinforce this weak link is to develop a security awareness training (SAT). With a cybersecurity awareness program, you can train staff to identify and avoid threats. As cybersecurity becomes more of a central focus in the business world, we’re seeing a growing number of employers take this approach.
Cybersecurity Budgets Are Expected To Rise
Recent attacks have brought a newfound appreciation for cybersecurity. This has helped fuel the influx in efforts to spread security awareness. It has also led to companies increasing their investment in security budgets. In fact, global cybersecurity spending is expected to rise by 10% in 2021 according to VentureBeat.
Integrating AI With Cybersecurity
Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just a helpful tool for your smartphone; the technology has been applied everywhere. When integrated with cybersecurity, it has played a pivotal role in preventing business-related data breaches by strengthening security measures. AI has been used to do everything from discovering network vulnerabilities to detecting cyberattacks within seconds. Dependence on these systems is expected to increase in the foreseeable future.
Ransomware Is Still an Issue
Ransomware has always been a thorn in the side of business, but the problem has only gotten worse in recent years. Similar to the pipeline mentioned earlier in this blog, we’ve seen a number of high profile ransomware attacks that have cost these businesses a lot of money. It’s not just your average Fortune 500 companies that are becoming victims, either. Some of the top IT organizations in the world—Cognizant, CompuCom, and DXC Technology—have been hobbled by ransomware.
Enhance Your Network Protection
Staying up-to-date on current IT trends in business is one way to be proactive about cybersecurity. But if you want a formidable defense, you also need a strong cybersecurity solution. At Americom, we offer managed security services. From IT assessments to network monitoring, we have everything you need to keep your network safe.
Contact us today to learn more about how Americom can protect your business.
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