Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Trends in cybersecurity

Oct 4, 2021, 15:25 PM by Riaan De Villiers
For October's #BeCyberSmart campaign, we will examine some of the cybersecurity trends that we at LAWtrust saw during 2021.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Trends in cybersecurity

October is cybersecurity awareness month. To start the month, privacy advocate Ross Saunders discussed the intersection of privacy and cybersecurity in a guest blog here at LAWtrust.

During this week, we will examine some of the cybersecurity trends for 2021 that we see here at LAWtrust.

5 cybersecurity trends for 2021.

1. Remote working is normal

Working from home or remotely is now considered to be normal. Working remotely helped organisations to stay productive during the lockdown, however, it created a number of security concerns that security teams had to scramble to address.

2. Identity and Access Management

With so many employees working remotely, identity is the new boundary. To cope with the new normal, a good Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution is required. It is critical that the solution incorporates multiple factors of authentication.

3. Managing machine identities

It is not only the human users that need careful management, machines need management too! Digital transformation is driving the use of containers, IoT devices, applications and services.

Careful management and tracking are important to avoid costly outages and breaches.

4. Data privacy

A number of high profile data breaches and stricter data privacy laws, such as POPIA and GDPR, has pushed data privacy to become a discipline on its own.

Privacy-enhancing computation techniques that protect data while it is being processed are becoming more commonplace. It is no longer enough to just protect data in motion and at rest.

5. Ransomware

Ransomware has been around for some time, however, during the pandemic use of ransomware exploded.

Not only is ransomware an easy way for attackers to make money, but users working from home also opened new avenues of attack for cybercriminals.