This past year, the world got a crash course on how to operate business remotely. IT teams across the globe spent the year defending their organizations from cyberthreats while the majority of the year their workforce was operating outside the walls of the office. From a cybersecurity perspective, the technology was in place to allow employees to work remotely, but it still presented a variety of challenges and lessons learned.
Here are the top five cybersecurity lessons, teams learned in the past year that will continue to impact the new normal of security practices and policies.
Cybersecurity is a Top Goal: Across organizations, cybersecurity is a main focus for 2021. With the dramatic increase in cybercrime during the COVID-19 pandemic, IT teams are prioritizing cybersecurity. This includes hiring top talent, investing in training, and allocating more money for cybersecurity measures in the budget.
End-Point Security: With the majority of employees working from, end-point security was a priority in 2020. Devices like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices needed to have top end-point security protection to ensure employees could work remotely securely.
Supply Chain Cyberattacks: The SolarWinds supply chain attack was one of the worst cyberattacks in recent history. The hack attacked vulnerabilities in trusted supply chain vendors. These types of attacks will continue into 2021, and businesses have learned an important lesson about trusted sources.
Zero Trust Architecture: Zero Trust is the IT security model that requires all users, even those inside the organization’s network to be authenticated before accessing any systems, applications, or data. With the increase in cybercrime during the pandemic, many organizations are implementing a zero trust approach to their network security.
Social Engineered Attacks: Last year, we learned that socially engineered attacks can happen across any platform including social media as we learned from the Twitter Bitcoin hack in July 2020.
Safeguarding your business has never been more important. With hacks and data breaches occurring daily, the costs associated with a cyberattack are high, but luckily avoidable. Keep your business safe in 2021 by implementing the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.