Each day, we hear news about cybersecurity attacks. And the numbers are increasing every year.
This year, what are the cybersecurity attacks we should watch out for? Read on to learn more.
Cybersecurity Attacks Today
Every year, we learn lessons. The year 2020 also taught us something new about cybersecurity.
The lesson? Cybersecurity needs to be strong, no matter what the situation is.
It’s as if the global COVID-19 pandemic is not enough. Cybercrimes are also becoming a global concern.
Cybersecurity Attacks: A Global Concern
Unfortunately, experts say that we were overdue for a pandemic. Still, it’s like we didn’t see this coming. And we weren’t ready for the sudden change of operations because of the health rules.
We know that it’s been already one year since it started. But, the social distancing protocols are still applied in most countries.
So, many projects were halted. Most employees also work from home now.
Yet, it’s not a surprise that hackers are also busy. In fact, a hacker attacks every 39 seconds on average.
They also took the opportunity to attack vulnerable networks. Microsoft even said that pandemic-related scams are rising.
In the US alone, it reached up to 30,000 a day. And ransomware rose up to 800% during the pandemic.
Yet, this is just the start. Now that we are still not back to normal, we can expect more.
So, what should we expect in 2021? Here are some attacks to watch out for.
- Cloud breaches
- Attacks on the Internet of Things
- More pandemic-related phishing
- Ransomware attacks
Watch Out for These Cybersecurity Attacks in 2021
2020 is the start of devastating data breaches. Now, a lot of companies adopted a remote work setup. So, it’s important for them to have a secure cloud.
Cloud breaches are also more common since last year. Hackers even discovered a new way to hack the cloud.
And this year, we expect more cases. Especially because working from home (WFH) is here to stay.
WFH protects employees from the virus. But, it leads to security vulnerabilities.
After all, they don’t have IT experts with them at home. So, they don’t have security capabilities at home as they do in the workplace.
Attacks on the Internet of Things
Another trend now is IoT. Even hospitals are having this technology.
But, it poses a threat. Surely, it helps in the new normal setup. But, most devices have security gaps. So, they are at risk for an attack.
More pandemic-related phishing
As of the summer of 2020, reports recorded 12,377 Covid-related scams. And this year, scammers will continue to do so.
For example, they pretend to be charity groups. Or mention surge in new cases. And even the announcement of a new vaccine.
Then, they will send emails with suspicious links or files. And with just one click, victims can lose a lot.
Ransomware is still up for the new normal, too. In fact, it will even rise this year.
A cybersecurity company even reported that companies will lose more than $20 billion in 2021. Worse, most of them do not have a Cybersecurity Risk Management plan.