Every year we are on the cutting edge when it comes to cybersecurity. No matter how well we seem to protect ourselves against this, cybercriminals’ methods and resources are becoming more sophisticated. 2020 was therefore not an ordinary year: we saw a peak in cybercrime.
1. Migrate to the Cloud.
COVID-19 forced companies to migrate faster to the Cloud. Business models had to change in no time to make the workspace digital. But beware, because this also creates many security holes and challenges. Organizations often kept their networks safe by installing antivirus, antimalware, and other software locally. With the increase in cyber attacks, these traditional security mechanisms are no longer enough. Using a cloud-based cybersecurity strategy has more benefits than traditional security strategies, especially if your network is cloud-based.
2. Ransomware gets smarter.
Globally, organizations saw a 148% spike in Ransomware attacks. This number will continue to grow as home workers will continue to be targeted by cybercriminals. New tactics targeting the most vulnerable victims are making it increasingly difficult to recover encrypted data. For example, ransomware remains the most profitable “industry” for cybercriminals.
3. Identity and Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Cyber criminals exploit systems with weak passwords and few layers of security. It is therefore essential to strengthen your security with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA uses multiple sources of identity confirmation; in this way, email security gets better and more secure as more ‘check’ layers are added. As a result, only the authorized recipient with the correct credentials can access the email.
4. Potential of AI.
AI-driven cybersecurity will help in cyberattacks. For example, behavior-based threats can be better prevented. AI is important for solving cloud adoption challenges.
This trend creates opportunities for cyber security providers in three key areas:
- Security of AI-powered digital business systems;
- Improving existing AI solutions with cybersecurity products;
- Anticipating the use of AI by cybercriminals.
5. Zero trust Cybersecurity: never trust, always verify.
Traditional cybersecurity is firewalls that regulate traffic. The problem with this approach is that with the rise of cloud computing worldwide, we are more connected than ever before. Zero Trust ensures that critical assets are only accessible to people who can prove they have the credentials and identity necessary for access.
6. Integration and automation.
Implementing automation for more advanced data control is crucial. A faster solution for processing information requires automation. In addition, securing web applications is also a challenge, as automation and cybersecurity are crucial in the software development process.
7. Cybersecurity and costs
The server costs and the costs of cybersecurity are getting higher and higher each year. Sometimes a website is hacked and the owner doesn’t want to pay for the cyber security costs anymore. That’s where debt collection agencies come in. A debt collection agency (Dutch: incassobureau) has the knowledge and resources to reach your debtor and induce payment. For example, they can draw up a final notice on note paper including a logo. This makes more of an impression than a letter of your own. They can also keep all documentation up to date. That saves you a lot of time and energy, which you can put back into your own business. And if you have to appeal (Dutch: in hoger beroep gaan) you can engage a lawyer through a debt collection agency.