“The COVID pandemic has been hard on security teams in 2020. Ransomware attacks increased. Remote work disrupted and weakened security processes. CISOs were forced to adjust their short- and long-term plans. 2021 will be better, right?
Well, it will be different, and some things are likely to become worse. CSO has been following four key trends to project how they might play out in 2021. All have been driven or influenced by the pandemic, which will have a long-lasting impact on the threat landscape and how security teams protect people and assets.”
While researchers are predicting an increase in the frequency and sophistication of ransomware attacks and security talent will become more challenging to find, there are a few positive trends for security in 2021.
CISOs will begin playing a larger role within the organization as a whole and more investments will be made in the technology and tools needed to evolve security infrastructures.
“Communications at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments were reportedly compromised by a supply chain attack on SolarWinds, a security vendor that helps the federal government and a range of Fortune 500 companies monitor the health of their IT networks. Given the breadth of the company’s customer base, experts say the incident may be just the first of many such disclosures.”
The impact of the recent hack on SolarWinds is widespread – affecting public and private organizations around the world such as government, consulting, tech, and telecom.
Many predict that this is just the beginning and company analysts are anticipating that additional countries and verticals will fall victim to this cyberattack.
“The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is ‘stepping up support’ for the National Health Service to help protect UK hospitals and other healthcare organisations against cyberattacks.
The NCSC’s Annual Review 2020 reveals that the cyber arm of GCHQ has handled more 200 cyber incidents related to coronavirus during the course of this year – almost a third of the total number of incidents it was called in to help with over that period.”
As a result of an influx of cyberattacks towards healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre has shifted their focus and efforts to support the defence against cyberattacks to this industry.
No organization or industry is immune to cyberattacks and threat actors will continue to target the most vulnerable industries and enterprises for the highest financial outcome.