The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit the world in March 2020, bringing an unexpected twist to our way of life and communication. The rate of digital transformation accelerated during the pandemic. With remote work, e-commerce, and video communication coming into play, cybersecurity has become more challenging. Companies' IT departments had to restructure infrastructures and processes to deal with this unanticipated, enormous amount of remote work that came with the ability to work from home. Because we spend so much of our time online, we are more vulnerable to malicious attacks. Cyber-attacks disrupted the work of hospitals, service providers, government service providers, and businesses worldwide in 2020. As a result, most companies ignored cybersecurity challenges, allowing cybercrime to compromise businesses and citizens in a relatively short period of time. In this article, you will read about the latest trends that have come into existence post-pandemic.
These cybersecurity trends should be taken into consideration in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Among the biggest cyber security trends, working from home presents new cyber security challenges. Compared to centralized offices, which are typically equipped with more secure firewalls, routers, and access controls managed by IT security teams; home offices are typically much less secure. Cybercriminals have adapted their tactics to take advantage of traditional security patches that were ignored to keep operations running smoothly. It is essential to create a culture of security awareness in your organization, and it requires leadership that emphasizes the importance of security awareness. The importance of training employees regularly cannot be overstated. Companies should prioritize that their employees are aware of the latest phishing scams and attacks. It can be reinforced by taking additional steps like sending frequent emails and communications, addressing security during team meetings, facilitating cybersecurity awareness training sessions, and launching internal marketing campaigns.
As remote working became more popular after the pandemic, cloud computing services and infrastructures were required, increasing security concerns for organizations. The cloud offers numerous benefits, such as scalability, efficiency, cost savings, and accessibility. With the rise of IoT devices and applications, standardization has become more difficult, so IT security is becoming more challenging. Sadly, cybercriminals with the most success all follow the same pattern. Most of their attacks are indirect, including hacking databases, attacking websites, and stealing passwords. Regulatory compliance across jurisdictions is another challenge that organizations face in addition to the data breaches and network security trends. It also provides enough IT expertise to handle the cloud computing demands.
Because of advancements in network software with cloud-based intelligence, new network edge offerings are becoming available with advantages for quick deployment, scalability, flexibility, and easy management. Companies are increasingly operating outside of the office, while virtual network providers (VPNs) are becoming more vital to connecting applications and systems. It is possible, however, that these VPNs are not adequately secure. Therefore, organizations are switching to SD-WANs in place of VPNs. These channels are being used by IT organizations to deploy network and security converged products. In addition, new network and network security solutions are being developed that integrate network and network security into a single cloud service that provides advanced edge connection and security.
The presence of multi-factor authentication (MFA) reduces the chances of data breaches and protects data. In most organizations, using usernames and passwords for authentication is not feasible because of the time of resources involved. It is therefore possible to validate the identity of a user. Data and systems are protected by multifactor authentication by putting obstacles between hackers and the data. Even if the password or other authentication method is compromised, the hacker will be unlikely to have a second or third authentication method. Among the many benefits of MFA are increased security, reducing the risk from compromised passwords, single sign-on compatibility, regulatory compliance, etc.
The growing Internet of Things (IoT) opens new avenues for cybercrime. In contrast to computers, phones, and servers, IoT devices are physical devices that communicate over the internet and exchange data. Fitbits, smart watches, Google Home, and other voice assistants are examples of widely used devices. In terms of processing power and storage, IoT devices are generally less powerful than laptops and smartphones. This makes it more difficult for organizations to use firewalls, antivirus, and other security applications. As a result, it makes it more prone to cyberattacks.
Phishing is not a new threat, but it has become more concerning as the remote workforce has grown in popularity. Attackers find it easy to target employees who connect to their company’s network from home. Besides traditional phishing attacks on employees, whaling attacks against corporate leaders and executives have increased. Employees should exercise caution when receiving emails and double-check the sender's address. Phishing attacks have spread in two ways, according to users.
SMS phishing is a technique in which attackers use platforms like WhatsApp to trick users into downloading malware onto their phones.
Voice phishing occurs when hackers call customer service representatives pretending to be IT personnel and trick them into providing sensitive information.
In the unforeseeable future, we are unlikely to be able to return to the pre covid life. For many years, cybersecurity was regarded as a never-ending threat to businesses. But this has now turned obsolete. A pandemic like COVID-19 has accelerated digitization, with officials, businesses, and users recognizing how crucial cybersecurity is to building a sustainable digital future. It has also introduced a variety of measures to prevent such crimes. Companies that have already benefited from secure remote working capabilities will be better prepared to deal with the ongoing rise in cyber threats, whereas companies that were taken aback need to guard themselves with security measures and prevent themselves from being exposed to cyber threats. Every organization must play a role in maintaining security standards and contributing to the creation of a cyber economy free of such attacks and crimes.