2021 Cybersecurity Trends – CPO Magazine

The highly sophisticated Russian hack that hit the Pentagon, multiple US agencies, nuclear labs, and Fortune 500 companies in December has brought cybersecurity back into the daily discussion. President-elect Joe Biden said he intends to make cybersecurity “a top priority at all levels of government” from the moment he takes office.

An attack of this magnitude should lift companies out of any lingering “breach fatigue” and reignite efforts around protecting sensitive data. With that in mind, these are the top cybersecurity trends to emerge in 2021.

Prevention, not reaction

The future of security lies in a proactive approach. A proactive security approach is designed to prevent attacks rather than react after an attack. The days of waiting for an attack to be detected and then taking steps to quarantine it are long gone. These traditional reactive approaches have become ineffective in the face of increasingly sophisticated attack methods. Proactive security developments, such as micro-segmentation and the Zero Trust architecture concept, minimize the attack surface to prevent breaches.

Security as a platform

The purchase of individual security technologies or solutions results in a gradual approach. Enterprises need a unified platform that can provide proactive protection that traditional point solutions cannot. With a unified platform, companies can stop addressing threats and vulnerabilities individually and instead systematically address them across networks, applications, users, and devices through an integrated solution. This growing preference for a single, unified platform over traditional point solutions will continue into 2021 and beyond.

Destiny discontinued for networks

With remote work being the new norm, security can no longer focus on the data center and must move to the cloud. Consequently, expect a stagnation in the growth of device-based security and hardware that is prone to breakdown. Anyone who remains committed to on-premises hardware and software will ultimately take a beating in superior performance. It is simply no longer resistant to business.

Moving to the cloud means rethinking your corporate network and adopting cloud-native applications and microservices. The security architecture must also evolve and grant access only to traffic between authenticated users, devices, and applications in a distributed organization.

Zero trust: trust nothing, verify everything

Traditional perimeter security inherently trusts users, endpoints, applications, and workloads within the defined perimeter. Time and again, this approach has proven ineffective at allowing any threats within the network to move sideways and remain undetected for days, even months.

This has paved the way for the Zero Trust concept, which takes a micro-level approach to authenticating access requests at every point in a network. The need for such granular controls has been compounded by the dispersion of remote users around the world. To ensure that every user, application, workload, and network flow is monitored and verified, today’s enterprises are embracing Zero Trust architecture to enforce host-level security policies with a ‘trust nothing’ approach. , verify everything “.

Security and compliance at full speed

As cloud adoption increases and with the 2020 economy shaking, security and compliance will need to be reviewed and accelerated. Companies that were forced to fire members of the security team have fewer resources to combat fraud. But data breaches keep increasing, and it doesn’t matter the size of your security team. Many IT teams are struggling to achieve compliance with a remote workforce and to address new vulnerabilities resulting from rapid migration to the cloud. As a result, security programs, compliance, and cybersecurity models like Zero Trust will take off faster in 2021 than we have seen in the past.

No one is immune

The ransomware problem is growing as attacks for the first time move from large companies to smaller ones. Small and medium-sized businesses will not be spared; They are next on the list. A 2020 survey by Infrascale showed that 46% of SMEs have already been victims. And 73% of those who have been targeted by ransomware paid a ransom.


It’s easy to become numb to the constant headlines about hacked information and data breaches. After all, if high-level government agencies and even leading cybersecurity companies are vulnerable to attack, what chance do others have?

It’s easy to become numb to constant headlines about hacked information and #databreaches. Businesses of all sizes can take proactive steps to protect themselves. #cybersecurity #respectdata

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But instead of accepting it as a facet of business, companies of all sizes can take proactive steps to protect themselves. Cloud-based and continually updated, these sophisticated Zero Trust security tools are more available than ever, enabling business owners to stay ahead of evolving cyber threats.


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