Gearing Up for 2021’s Cyber Attacks
by Raymund Taylun, Senior Security Advisor
21 January 2021
Equip your organisation with the right set of security tools and cyber incident processes to keep a strong cyber security posture against emerging advanced threats.
A 40% increase in ransomware attacks was observed globally in the third quarter of 2020. According to a SonicWall report, this increase brought the number of recorded ransomware attack hits to 199.7 million.
Ransomware is one of the most prominent cyber threats and it will continue to rise in 2021. Threat actors are continuously evolving their tactics to ensure they can evade target victims’ defences, gain unauthorised access to confidential data, and extort it online. For most organisations, if the impact of the data breach doesn’t cause a devastating financial or reputational blow, the ICO’s fine could serve as the final straw which forces the organisation to close its doors.
To move forward in 2021, it’s time for organisations to truly understand their current cyber security posture. Organisations need to address overlooked vulnerabilities in each risk area and ensure their data assets are being properly protected from unauthorised access and evolving threats. Cyber security and IT teams must be empowered with the right tools and knowledge to spot how visibility and control over their security tools can be expanded to pinpoint the most effective actions in mitigating a cyber attack.
In 2021, your confidential data is prized by cyber criminals. Backing up your data is one of the key steps in maintaining your resiliency.
To support your organisation and customers’ compliance with the latest regulatory standards, it’s best to consider investing in a MSSP and adopting Zero Trust-as-a-Service.
Cyber attacks will continue to rise in 2021. To manage this huge volume of attacks and reduce your cyber risk, investing in a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) is a smart move. Attack techniques are dynamically changing and becoming more advanced. By ultilising automation, streamling service, and consolidating security products, MSSPs allow organisations to manage the new challenges brought on by remote working and keep up with the demand caused by advanced cyber attacks.
To ensure the right level of visibility over your data assets, adapting to Zero Trust-as-a-Service is key. One part of this approach is moving your workloads to the cloud. This enables your IT team to have more granular perimeter enforcements to manage users’ access based on their user profile, device locations, and other conditions that can be set to determine the level of trust granted.
Again, finding a solution to help an organisation become compliant with regulatory requirements is good, but it doesn’t end there. Once a security system is deployed, it still requires continuous reviews and assessments to keep the organisation resilient to threats and the changes 2021 will surely introduce.