Top 6 Cyber Security Threats to Businesses in 2021
Exploitation of Remote Work
Even with the end of the COVID-19 in sight, organizations have no intention of returning to a full on-site worksite. From the beginning of the pandemic to now, employess working from home left security gaps that are actively exploited by cybercriminals.
Phishing is one of the most common types of cyberattacks, mainly because it is often an effective technique for gaining access to an organization’s network and systems. It’s usually easier to trick an employee into handing over sensitive data
As a result, phishing will continue to be a problem into the future as long as it remains effective.
The affect of working from home causes oraganzitations to share information via the cloud. Companies needed the accessibility, flexibility, and scalability offered by cloud-based solutions. Cloud security technology lags behind the rapid adoption of organizations adopting cloud technology.
The Rise of Double-Extortion Ransomware
The ransomware industry has also experienced numerous innovations in recent years. Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) operators develop and sell ransomware, expanding their reach and providing less sophisticated threat actors with access to high-quality malware.
Another recent trend is the “double extortion” ransomware campaign. Instead of simply encrypting files and demanding a ransom for their recovery, ransomware groups now steal sensitive and valuable data from their victims as well. If the target organization does not pay the ransom, this data is posted online or sold to the highest bidder.
An Epidemic of Healthcare Cyberattacks
During the COVID-19 crisis, the healthcare sector became more vital than ever. Hospitals and other healthcare providers around the world were overrun with patients as a result of the pandemic
.In many cases, the focus on patient care took away focus and resources from cybersecurity in these organizations. As a result, an industry that already struggled with cybersecurity was left even more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
A New Focus on Mobile Devices
The popularity of corporate mobile devices has been steadily growing in recent years. Employees can be more productive when permitted to use the devices that they are most comfortable with.
With the growth of remote work, this trend is unlikely to reverse itself. Employees working from home or from anywhere are more likely to use mobile devices than those working from the office. With the increased use of mobile devices for business purposes comes new cybersecurity risks. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting these devices in their attacks, and many businesses lack the same level of security on their mobile devices as they have on traditional computers.