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As a year of unprecedented upheaval draws to a close, everyone is entitled to feel a little optimism that vaccines might make the world a safer, more normal place again in 2021.
However, in the world of cybersecurity, merely hoping for safety is of course not enough and businesses around the world will now have to turn their attentions to combatting 2021’s cyber threats.
2020 has been an unprecedented
COVID-19 has forced a new reality on businesses the world over, forcing millions into working remotely and making companies face up to new cybersecurity challenges. According to Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre, the pandemic has seen an increase in phishing and ransomware attacks and malspams, as attackers target employees working from home, often on personal devices.
In 2020, businesses will likely have better cybersecurity measures in place than ever before. This is great news for business owners, meaning that targeting companies through cyber infrastructure vulnerabilities will become more costly to cybercriminals in resources, time and effort.
Keeping up with cybercriminals, from a cybersecurity perspective, is a tough job. Fighting cybercrime has been likened to a line in Through the Looking Glass where Alice says she must ‘run as fast as she can to stay in one place.’ When it comes to cybersecurity, you have to run ten times faster than those committing the crimes in order to get ahead of them.
A recent survey by FireEye found that the majority of businesses are planning to increase the amount they are spending on their cybersecurity in 2020.The increase is driven by the fact that more than half of those questioned in the survey said they did not think they were ready to deal with a cyberattack or data breach.
Business's reliance on technology is growing exponentially. The global need for cybersecurity professionals is expanding as a result. However, there's a problem - a severe skills shortage in the cybersecurity industry. Can automation help overcome this gap? And how can humans work alongside automation to reduce the threat posed by cyberattacks?
Despite the seeming increase in cybersecurity awareness, global corporations with massive reputations all over the world are continuing to experience cybersecurity breaches left, right and centre. Most of the time, these breaches could have been prevented and many businesses are still continuing with their heads in the sand simply waiting until it’s their time to pick up the pieces..
New research shows that businesses are investing more and more in protecting themselves from cyberattacks. The report highlights that cyberthreats keep changing and that organisations need to evolve their security.
There’s little doubt that the threat of cybercrime still looms heavily over a number of industries. Aon has recently published a new report detailing some of the most pertinent risks posed to business this year.
At one time or another, we have all fallen afoul of a mis-remembered password that sends us on an hour-long journey to reset our online accounts and set a new one. Most of us have also probably had our accounts compromised in some way due to an insecure or easily hackable password.
Autumn is rolling in and with it - for many devotees of the line, reel and fly - are some of the best conditions for early-evening fishing.
What’s so interesting about a university’s data that sends online hackers wild? Is it the latest news on the two-for-one snakebite deals down at the union? The endless recipes for beans á la toast? Or the secret knowledge of how one can make £20 last until the end of next month?
This week, the world faced Armageddon thanks to the actions of one angry American with a point to prove.
Cyber attacks and data breaches are an increasingly common occurrence, and organisations and individuals from the smallest micro businesses right up to governments and mega-corporations have been targeted by malicious cybercrimes.
The dreaded distributed denial of service (DDoS) hit the headlines in 2016, thanks to a rise in attacks, new, sophisticated ways of conducting them and some embarrassing website downtime for some very big names.
Simple to run and easy to execute, DDoS attacks are becoming the new normal for firms of all shapes and sizes. We take a look at some of last year’s most high-profile hits.
Black Friday’s here - but is your business prepared?
The US phenomenon that is Black Friday is now firmly cemented in the UK’s retail landscape as one of, it not the, flagship ecommerce events. Brands large and small now compete cat-and-dog to launch the best deals and tempt those shoppers to their physical and online stores.
"Our technology is really secure!" said every vendor ever. Meanwhile, these same vendors have probably released over a dozen critical security patches this year. The ugly truth is that all major operating systems have serious security flaws, even when 'fully patched.' So never rely on a single vendor's assurances of security.
Businesses are increasingly finding themselves on the receiving end of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
IT infrastructure that's been knocked offline by malicious attacks is the stuff of IT managers' nightmares. Unfortunately, it's becoming a reality for an increasing number of organisations.
That's according to the latest Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report by network security firm Arbor Networks.
When your IT stops working, everyone notices. Whatever the cause, your IT team gets blamed and there's a mad scramble to fix the problem.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Many problems are avoidable, if the right technology is in place.
Here are 20 ways you can minimise IT downtime and keep everything running smoothly.