Cybersecurity Statistics, Predictions, and Solutions for 2021
In 2020, Cybersecurity has become more important than ever for businesses all over the world. Following various statistics published across the media, we can clearly see that no one is immune against cyber-attacks: major players investing massively in their companies’ cybersecurity, small businesses, and individuals.
Covid-19 pandemic definitely left a huge impact on the overall cybersecurity situation.
First, the global lockdown forced many companies to shift to remote work. Cybercriminals took advantage of vulnerable home networks. Many organizations encountered data breaches at the beginning of the work-from-home shift. For instance:
Apparently, the healthcare and financial industries were the most affected ones, as they deal with huge amounts of personal data. For instance, various researches show that:
2020 has definitely been a good year for online retailers. Even though according to surveys, Covid-19 has caused big shipping delays for 36% of consumers, the global lockdown made 56% of consumers trying a new retailer during the pandemic period. In addition, of course, this was the biggest holiday season in e-commerce history.
Even though the businesses are trying to adapt to the growing threats coming from cybercriminals, cybersecurity specialists are not optimistic at all, as their researches show that cybercriminals are changing their way of acting even more, and are not planning to slow down. Here are just some f igures and predictions for 2021, presented by Cybersecurity Ventures:
Taking into account all the mentioned statistics and predictions, it is obvious that organizations and individuals must rethink completely their cybersecurity approaches and strategies. So what can we all do to resist the cybercrimes more effectively?
Empower your Employees…with Knowledge
It has been proved that 90% of cyber-attacks are related to human errors. Often, people take cybersecurity for granted, and most of the employees are not even aware of cyber-attack types and risks…until it is too late. Any employee, who is not well-informed about cybersecurity, can unwillingly fall victim to cyber-attacks, placing your company and clients at risk. That’s why it is crucial to educate the employees, especially today when many of them are working from home.
So start spreading cybersecurity awareness right now: provide your employees with all the necessary information concerning cyber threats and bad consequences caused by those; organize cybersecurity training sessions and phishing experiments. Stay in control of the process: make your employees use only secure software and strong passwords, explain to them why they should get the approval of the IT department before installing any software, and why they might have limited access to some data, in some cases.
Preventing any damage is always better than repairing it. Cyber-criminals will constantly search the weak points in your company’s cybersecurity infrastructure, that is why you always have to be ahead of them, detecting an attack before it happens. This way of thinking will help you to reduce the damage and avoid major problems. Take all the necessary precautions to ensure your data is protected.
Any Backup Plans?
Researches show that many companies didn’t think about any back-up plans and tactics in the case the attackers have succeeded to steal the data.
But how to make sure that the data stored on your computers and cloud services is really protected…even if it was stolen? The answer is simple. Make it useless for the thieves!
Apparently, as we have seen, following all the figures listed above, your data is ultra-protected not when it cannot be breached (because it always can), but when it cannot be read by unauthorized users.
Today there are various new technologies that render data useless to unauthorized users and protect your data no matter where it is stored. For example, Cybervore offers a patented breakthrough technology, which combines authentication, AES 265 encryption, and fragmentation. It is a cybersecurity software called Fragglestorm™: a secure method where data is encrypted, sliced, or split into a defined number of fragments that are replicated, and only the authorized user has access. This offers a way to significantly increase data protection and integrity, and ensure a user’s data privacy across any on-premise device and cloud storage service.
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