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26/11
2020

Important Information Security Threats to Look Out for in 2021

Important Information Security Threats to Look Out for in 2021

Have you started developing your IT roadmap for the year ahead? 2020 has seen countries go into lockdown and isolation. But, the threats to information security have not slowed down at all.

Some companies are getting wise to the rise of attacks on sensitive data. They're starting to invest in programs and infrastructure to protect it. Unless you're staying up to date with the latest trends and threats to your information, then you won't know how to protect against attackers.

Thankfully, you don't need a crystal ball to prepare for the year ahead. Here are the most critical threats to information security that companies are planning to combat against next year.

AI Poisoning

These types of attacks occur when bad data gets fed to the AI program at a certain point in the learning command. This affects the evolution of the software, making the AI unpredictable.

Fixing the program isn't as simple as unlearning the bad data. It can impact months or years worth of work and force companies to start over.

As this type of attack is relatively new, countermeasures are still in development. However, you should keep it on your radar if you have a sophisticated AI program in your company. If you're not sure what to look out for, reach out to some specialists in the field who can help protect you against this.

New and Improved Ransomware

The concept of ransomware isn't new. But, the level of sophistication is growing and becoming a more serious cybersecurity threat. As more businesses attempt to protect themselves, cybercriminals are developing new creative ways to overcome these measures.

One method, in particular, involves the use of AI to sneak past malware detection software and infect the network. This makes it hard to prevent but possible to mitigate if such an issue arises.

Many businesses are developing new backup processes and procedures to counter ransomware. Instead of handing over thousands or millions of dollars, they'll discard the infected machine without losing any sensitive information.

Deepfakes

You may have come across videos on the internet with celebrity faces swapped. These make for great viral videos around the office. But, the technology can be devastating for information security.

Deepfakes use incredibly sophisticated algorithms to create new realities by splicing audio and video. It's the latest form of identity theft. The software can get CEOs and senior managers making statements or decisions that have detrimental impacts on the business.

Currently, the only counter is producing the real audio or video that was used to create the deepfake. However, this requires an increase in storage and data management to maintain these files in the instance something like this is released.

Insider Threats

Disgruntled employees releasing information is another threat that's not anything new. However, it's one that's becoming more common and much more aggressive than anyone could have predicted.

As data becomes a more valuable commodity, insiders have more offers and alternatives than ever to sell your company secrets and information. It's forced businesses to evaluate the risk of their employees on whether they could participate in this kind of activity.

The best defence against insiders involves tighter controls over employee access permissions. Processes and procedures need to be in place to control who needs certain data to be able to complete their job appropriately. Everything else needs to be locked down for upper management only.

Zero-Day Exploits on Information Security

Just when businesses thought they had a handle on zero-day attacks, hackers evolved their approach and made it even more of a threat. However, despite the advances, it still acts as a battleground for black and white hat hackers.

Regardless of the hacker type, a zero-day attack wrecks havoc on systems, users, and productivity. It can have major impacts on projects and normal day to day operations if the attack isn't prevented.

Currently, the most proactive approach is to ensure your hardware and software gets patched. It drains resources and slows down the start of the day, but it's much better than the alternative. 

DDoS Attacks

The definition of DDoS has not changed. It's still an attack that sees a traffic increase to the point that servers overload and everything goes offline. However, the execution of these attacks is getting more complicated as criminals find more intricate ways to overcome the current protections in place.

Shutting down networks has had devastating impacts on some companies. A DDoS attack exploits a vulnerability, which can lead to a loss of brand trust and a loss of customers and clients.

Some have managed to recover. But, this has come down to how prepared they were to restore functionality and communicate with their stakeholders.

Unless you've got someone constantly monitoring your incoming traffic, it's often too late by the time you discover you're under attack. You're better off focussing your efforts on mediation and how long you can recover services to be back online. The faster you can resume normal business, the less of an impact the DDoS attack will have on your company.

Do You Have the Right Protection?

Protecting against information security threats isn't only about upgrading to the latest software. It's just as much about having the necessary preventative measures in place. It also requires formulating mitigation tactics in the event an attack occurs.

Are you starting your preparations for the new year? You should make sure that you have all the right tools at your disposal.

We can help protect you from identity theft and other harmful elements lurking on the internet. Start your free 14-day trial and start feeling safer today.