Authored by: Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Digital Officer, RSA
2020 has been a year of unprecedented changes. Many organisations cut corners to quickly enable remote working arrangements at a massive scale, and they will have to grapple with the implications of those decisions in 2021. In part, it will be important for them to revisit risk models and core security policies.
We will see an increase en masse back to office environments with the increased likelihood of a COVID-19 vaccine becoming available in 2021. That, in turn, will create a plethora of complex cybersecurity challenges as corporate systems that had previously been unmanaged will increasingly co-mingle with other corporate assets and systems in office environments.
Threat actors will use the opportunity to engage in misinformation campaigns around the COVID-19 vaccine, targeting not just organisations, but consumers as well. For example, we can expect to see a significant number of vaccine-related phishing attacks.
We will also see a significant uptick in edge computing infrastructures. With that growth, threat actors will begin to develop specific threats that target edge gateways and other edge computing environments. In line with this trend, the proliferation of IoT devices and the increasing pervasiveness of 5G networks will exacerbate the situation – resulting in attacks that have far more impact compared to those in the past.
We hear this all the time, but it’s worth saying again: being prepared for what’s ahead makes it crucial to building cybersecurity. And as what we have seen, organisations with more proactive IT security postures are better positioned to withstand any security threats, than those who don’t.