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It’s that time of year for new year’s resolutions and those of us in Cybersecurity focus on the ways cybercriminals will attack and who they will target. Last year our founder Sal got an A for his predictions. If this is any indication of his predictive powers, 2021 is going to be quite a year.
Top 5 Predictions for 2021
1. WE WILL NEED A COVID-19 PHISHING VACCINE
Without a doubt, the widespread release of COVID-19 vaccines will produce a huge number of scam websites and fraud schemes, including a black market for bogus vaccines. Attackers will target the vaccine supply and distribution chains to continue their pursuit of spreading fear to scam people out of their identity and money. Read More
2. THE USA WILL UNIFY DATA LAWS
The U.S. will enact a new federal law covering corporate data breaches and losses of citizen personal data akin to the European Union’s GDPR, and the California CCPA nd Proposition 24. The patchwork of state laws and regulations will be unified under one Federal law.
3. CYBER HYGIENE TO AVOID ACCOUNT TAKEOVER WILL BE A FOCUS FOR BUSINESS
Cyber hygiene training and education will start to become standard policy for organizations, especially in the healthcare sector and K-12 education sector, two of the hardest hit by breaches caused by phishing attacks. New emerging technologies will help protect clients, customers and students from phishing attacks that aim to steal account credentials.
4. FORGET VLOGS, VISHING WILL BE THE NEW FAD
Predicting that work from home will continue to be almost too easy. So, it should be no surprise that mobile security will need to increase. As the pandemic has pushed nearly all sectors to “touchless” online for business, education, and entertainment people are spending more and more time on remote devices outside the corporate network. We will see a sharp rise in mobile security breaches, especially Smishing and Vishing (check out this post for more). It won’t bypass email-borne pathogens, but it may get close.
5. ACCELERATED RISE OF IDENTITY THEFT
And that leaves me with the area Allure Security is very passionate about; Identity theft, primarily through phishing attacks. I predict we will see this type of cybercrime reach new highs and continue to outpace other kinds of attacks that steal credentials. Fraud will continue to grow beyond prior levels.
Humans-in-the-loop remains the hardest problem to solve. It used to be Endpoint-in-the-loop, but with improved host and network protection technologies, it is obvious attackers will continue to target people and continue to push the losses due to world-wide cybercrime to well over $1 Trillion.
If you are ready to see how Allure security can help with these and stop cybercriminals in their tracks contact us here.
Posted by WILLIAM Moore