Three Digital Security Concerns for Businesses in 2021

To remain secure in the cutting-edge digital world, organizations should monitor all potential network threats and dangers in the niche of cybersecurity. They must evaluate the potential impact it may have on a business and stay vigilant to avoid any incident of a security breach.

All through 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made way for hackers and programmers. Accordingly, numerous organizations stayed at the top of their game and strengthened their network safety frameworks and optimized their digital initiatives. But what does the scene for cybersecurity and threats look like in 2021? Let’s find out.

Here are some cybersecurity threats that businesses and IT pioneers should be careful about while stepping into 2021 and beyond.

Social Engineering Attacks

Social engineering, a non-technical strategy, that depends on human interaction and sometimes involves deceiving individuals into breaching customary security practices, can increase in 2021. In fact, Microsoft reports that social engineering attacks have jumped to 20-30,000 each day within the U.S. alone. As criminal teams gain additional financial success, they’re going to improve their engineering techniques and procedures.

As they become more and more advanced, attackers will be able to access confidential information with increased ease. Social engineering attacks like phishing, fallacious communications, spear phishing, extremely targeted attacks that use personal info to achieve trust, and pretexting, can become prevalent.

Organization identification and reaction matched with SIEM innovations can assist your organization in recognizing when and where the malware entered the system. In order to  forestall these attacks, your workers should be taught network safety best practices to diminish the danger from surfacing. Preparing individuals to make use of the network to spot phishing and other social engineering attacks can greatly lower the risk.

Internet-facing Vulnerabilities

All organizations associated with the web are at risk of internet-facing vulnerabilities which involves any framework that has an IP address or hostname in DNS. Consequently, people working remotely and utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN), Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or other access apparatus are in danger—particularly as businesses keep on extending their internet presence through expanded activity and utilization of interconnected accessible frameworks.

Cybercriminals in 2021 will progressively utilize strategies that place attention on trading off web-facing infrastructure—misusing weaknesses in unpatched servers and recognizing potential victims with uncovered RDP associations or FTP servers. Companies with inadequate, obsolete network protection frameworks will be in serious danger.

To battle both known and obscure internet-facing vulnerabilities, these prescribed procedures from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) should be considered:

  • Perform routinely planned vulnerability checks and build up a strategy
  • Use password protection and controls
  • Utilize two-factor verification

System Administration Tools Exploitation

Cybercriminals have utilized framework organization and other legitimate administration and management tools to break into and hack enterprise networks. Truth be told, as indicated by a study conducted by Positive Technologies, over half of the breaches and threats leverage publicly available penetration testing tools to create and develop attacks.

As IT frameworks become progressively interconnected in 2021, abuse of framework and system administration, like Cobalt Strike, PowerShell Empire and BloodHound, will likewise rise.

While it is difficult to oversee IT framework sans administration tools, your business can proactively keep devices from getting breached by training its employees, AI, and modern antivirus programming.

Stepping into 2021

It was nothing unexpected that digital lawbreakers utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand their attacks. They did not utilize pivotal new strategies, yet rather computerized and digitized existing procedures to build the recurrence of their attacks and breaches.

As we detail in the Acronis Cyber-Threats Report 2020, it is seen that digital criminals and hackers will expand their cyberattacks against remote workers, since they can upgrade their accuracy and recurrence with the assistance of AI and automation. Adoption of two-fold blackmail assaults will keep on spreading, taking the place of encryption as the essential ransomware strategy.  As they expand the effect of their cyberattacks, some ransomware groups will turn their attention on new fields, for example, cloud framework, going after data buckets, serverless applications, and more.

The lessons gained from 2020 gives us a clear picture of the threats that lie ahead in 2021. The critical question is the way businesses will tackle them in 2021 and the future.