Cybersecurity trends: What’s in store for 2021

There’s no doubt that with the growing rate of digital information, the need to protect and safeguard data has become more significant than ever. Furthermore, the challenges have equally evolved with time and advanced technology. Not only has cybersecurity acted as a sheath of protection for most organisations dealing with digital information but also has become paramount in other sectors and specialities like Data Science, Big Data, RPA, health sector and of course  the Internet of Things. This article covers the current and future trends around cybersecurity for this year.

Though, the year hasn’t begun at a high with residual experiences from 2020, the need and shortage for cybersecurity professionals will be growing time. Some of the future trends across a few disciplines in cybersecurity are: 

  • The new approach towards remote workforce
  • MDR or Managed-Detection-Response framework
  • Zero Trust security, new developments and implementation
  • More focus on securing the cloud infrastructure 
  • Integration of AI, newer applications around cybersecurity 
  • The new threat environment around mobile devices

Remote workforce has now become the new normal since the pandemic times. Most of the IT Organizations have permitted and encouraged the employees to work from home. This has helped a lot of companies to considerably cut down costs but this new model of workforce as a whole has also been responsible to expose quite a lot of digital data as a potential risk. The security across remote workforce is of utmost importance and should be given effective protection including an effective Virtual Private Network or VPN for secure transmission of data. Some emerging trends of the existing attacks is something we would need to be aware, of which, phishing attacks tops the list. Additionally, with remote workforce the SaaS platforms and cloud based connectivity has increased to a greater extent. 

Managed-Detection-Response framework is one of the interesting trends that the cybersecurity industry has been recently involved with. The MDR-SOC framework is one of the latest trends to look forward to, which is a cybersecurity framework built on Predictive Risk Analysis Framework or PRAM offering organisations with a holistic solutions around defending themselves against cyber-attacks and cyber-threats in the digital era. This framework will enable organisations across different sectors to proactively identity and battle cyber threats which have been aimed to target its core productions. The framework employs signature-based technologies and is expected to deliver a data-driven security approach.

BackInfosecurity has highlighted certain features around the evolution of the Zero trust security model. With more BYOD and remote workforce implementation, zero trust security has definitely become a significant component in security architecture. The technology has evolved into a useable state with time and lot of maturity curve. NIST has defined ZT as “a collection of concepts and ideas designed to minimise uncertainty in enforcing accurate, least privilege per-request access decisions in information systems and services in the face of a network viewed as compromised.” The exposure of certain businesses to threats and cyber attacks has grown with time and the attackers are now able to elevate privileges to perform reconnaissance, move laterally and even disrupt business operations. Despite the efforts of the security industry, attacks will keep growing and ZT will act to offer enhanced security focusing on assets rather than entry points

Securing cloud has become a math problem, quotes Forbes. With identity being one of the biggest perimeter, the surface for the attack to be executed becomes easier. Multiple identities, Machine IDs and entitlements have definitely grown as challenges in order to secure the cloud infrastructure. Just as the cloud provides a flexible infrastructure that can scale up rapidly to address changing business requirements, it also scales the complexity and volume of security management.

The last two trends covering mobile threats and the implementation of AI is undoubtedly the most anticipated development in the field of cybersecurity. More focus would be required towards apps as more than 75% of mobile breaches will be through apps not through deep technical attacks on the OS, as quoted by Gartner. AI has already made man power redundant and is continuing to do so. AI has been used for a lot of beneficial reasons but the technology is not far away from attackers. Machine learning technology has greatly aided cyber criminals to make a lot of money to be made online. Unlike manual intervention which involves a margin for error, bots are comparatively good at repeating the same tasks multiple times

Cyber attacks will always be a prominent factor with this digital age and no matter with amazing advancements and new technologies being developed every single day, the approach to cybersecurity will decide the impact of the cyber-attack.

Published by The Art of Cyber-Space

I am a security professional specializing in security operations seasoned with incident management and digital forensics. With vivid experience in different industries, I am looking to explore the current cyberspace and discuss the ideology of the cybersecurity space, neuroscience and neurotechnology research from a security perspective. I love exploring various blog posts and share knowledge about the current threat landscape to instill more cybersecurity awareness.

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