What are some cybersecurity trends to watch out for in the New Year?
2020 was a year rife with disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As billions of people turned to the internet to stay connected, work remotely, attend school, and even shop, it became clear that technology was going to be the most important aspect of life moving forward.
While technology proved invaluable, it has become apparent to many the need for more secure networks in order to reduce the risk of cyberattacks. Here are our top four 2021 cybersecurity trends that you ought to know so you can better prepare yourself and your business.
Cybersecurity trend #1 Remote work is the new normal
According to a recent Gallup poll, because of the coronavirus pandemic, 33% of the U.S. workforce is working full-time from home while 25% split their time between the office and home.
However, even prior to the lockdown, a significant chunk of the population – at least 7 million people (3.9%) were already working remotely across the country. This is a number that’s been rising over the past five years and is projected to keep rising in 2021.
This is cause for concern as businesses need to step up efforts to protect their networks, securing access, and ensuring employee endpoints are patched to avoid third-party intrusion.
Cybersecurity trend #2 Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) on the rise
With millions of people working from home and expected to do so to some degree post-COVID, the inadequacy of virtual private networks (VPNs) has become more apparent.
In order to provide secure access to the enterprise network, businesses have had to adopt Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) as a more viable option.
Gartner predicts that 60% of all businesses will make the shift from VPNs to ZTNA before the end of 2023.
Cybersecurity trend #3 Widespread integration of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
One of the biggest cybersecurity trends to watch for in 2021 is the integration of the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework into organizational networks.
The days of legacy LAN-based models are numbered as security teams move to cloud-native security frameworks. With 48% of companies having already adopted a cloud-first strategy, it is clear to see that businesses are beginning to understand how the cloud can be beneficial to improving both branch and remote employee security.
Cybersecurity trend #4 Consolidation of artificial Intelligence into network frameworks
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer an abstract concept in the world of technology. The last five years have witnessed the rapid incorporation of AI into various sectors of technology.
AI is changing the landscape of many industries including Fintech, Wealthtech, healthcare, and e-commerce. We find AI in day-to-day technologies such as ride-hailing applications, digital assistants, autocorrect editors, Google Maps, and e-payment solutions. Moving forward, AI will continue to be an integral part of the new world.
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