Cyber security is a fast-moving sector, as both hackers and security providers vie to outsmart each other. New threats—and innovative ways to combat them—emerge all the time, going hand in hand.
The increased pandemic-induced remotization of work has spurred a wide range of security threats in the cyber landscape. Home offices are often less protected than centralized offices, which tend to have more secure firewalls, routers, and access management run by IT security teams. In the rush to keep things operational, traditional security vetting may not be as rigorous as usual for cybercriminals to take advantage of.
Many employees are using their personal devices for two-factor authentication, and they may well have mobile app versions of instant messaging clients, such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom. These blurred lines between personal and professional life increase the risk that sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands.
The expanding Internet of Things (IoT) creates more opportunities for cybercrime. So many additional devices change the dynamics and size of what is called the cyber-attack surface – that is, the number of potential entry points for malicious actors.
Though ransomware has been around for over two decades, it still continues to be a growing havoc. Increased dependence on the cloud services is also a major threat and a significant cause of data breaches and unauthorized access, insecure interfaces, and account hijacking.
With cyber-attacks becoming more frequent and damaging, cyber security professionals should also rise to the occasion and accept the challenge pro-actively.
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