Cybersecurity trends in 2021


The year 2021 comes with new challenges. As the coronavirus has affected every sphere of life cyberspace is no exception. In the new normal everything from education to business is shifting to digital platforms and with this transformation comes security challenges. In adjusting to the new normal lifestyle lies the challenges of cybersecurity and cybersecurity threats. Here are some cybersecurity trends that can be seen in 2021. 

Rise Of Ransomware

Ransomware and data theft will continue across all sectors. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks the system and denies users and system administrators to access files or networks. Once the malware infects systems, attackers  send a ransom note demanding payment to continue the access. The attacks from ransomware increased in 2020 and it is believed that it will be continued in 2021 as well.  

Work from home 

WFH is a challenge to cybersecurity as it is a weak point of view of cybersecurity. It is easy to attack a network and breach its security in remote working mode. The move to remote working happened so suddenly that it did not give time to security teams to ensure secure infrastructure while also aligning with the new WFH environment. The transition included the oft-rushed adoption of cloud services, opening the door to more attacks. 

Data privacy is more vulnerable

Privacy continues to be a concern when it comes to cybersecurity. end to end encryption, multi factor authentication and monitoring of privacy related records are some steps which can be taken to improve data privacy. No matter whether the organisation is large or small but threat to sensitive data and its privacy can bring down the organisation. 

Zero Trust Architecture

Zero Trust concept is new in the cybersecurity trends . this is a concept which takes a micro-level approach to authenticate access requests at every point within a network. As traditional approaches which trust users and endpoints within some defined parameters have resulted in failure of security. So it is important to ensure that every user, application, workload, and network flow is monitored and verified. Zero trust architecture is more secure so many organisations are adopting this approach to enforce security policies at the host level with a “trust nothing, verify everything” approach.

Artificial intelligence is new trend

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are some tools which can be used to improve security as well as to strengthen cyberattacks and threats. 2021 may see the increased use  of weaponized ML attacks that go beyond continuous scanning to identify vulnerabilities. In answer to that it is very important to develop a similar defence mechanism. AI and ML can be effectively used to build secure infrastructure which can prevent threats and attacks. 

The pandemic has compelled organisations to look into cybersecurity issues and deal with them effectively. It is important to strengthen infrastructure and software in order to survive in this new normal. as everything is becoming online, it is the need of the hour to secure cyberspace.