2020 was one of the busiest years for hackers in a long time, and according to an article in Dark Reading, has seem more attacks in the 1st six months of 2020 than the entire 2019. By most estimates 2021 will not be much different from the previous year. Safe-T Group Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: SFET), a cyber security company, provides an interesting forecast for the coming year in terms of the trends they expect to be the leaders in the field of information security.
One of the drivers for so many attacks was the shift to remote work, which was pushed hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking ahead to 2021 taking 2020 into account, we can outline various cyber security trends which will play a major role within IT organizations:
- Remote work is here to stay – Post COVID-19, most experts predict that organizations will maintain the shift to remote work. Michael Dell, Dell, stated – “Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”
- Zero Trust adoption will grow – the shift to Zero Trust architectures, as a replacement to legacy and vulnerable remote access technologies and as a means to easily accommodate remote work, will accelerate within organizations.
- Connected car cyber security will become a must for automakers – in response to the high rise in connected care cyber-attacks, regulators in the EU, for example, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), are working on new regulations to improve automotive cybersecurity.
- More connected devices means more cyber-attacks – according to Statista.com the number of connected devices worldwide is forecasted to almost triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion IoT devices in 2030. The growth will happen across many verticals such as electricity, gas, steam & A/C, water supply & waste management, etc, forcing such organizations to invest highly in ensuring their connected devices are secure vs. cyber-attacks.