Almost every day, we see catastrophic breaches on the news and the subsequent fallout from it. 2020 has seen many cyber criminals step up their sophistication with phishing attacks, ransomware, and IoT-based attacks.
To keep from paying enormous legal fees and losing the trust of their customers, businesses will need to watch for and protect against these security threats in 2020.
Employees are Poorly Trained in Data Security.
The biggest threat to your organization’s security is, and always will be, human error. You will need to train your workers on the necessary data protocols. Teach them the following to keep your employees from becoming security liabilities:
- How to spot a phishing email, phone call, or social media message
- Teach them to update their passwords every 30-60 days
- Encrypt sensitive data, especially when sending over email
- How to run security updates on all of their work devices
- Reporting if they’ve had their credentials stolen
Organizations Are Not Updating Their Systems and Software As Often As They Need
Software updates come with much-needed security updates to patch any vulnerabilities in its previous versions. Unfortunately, too many people put updates on the back burner, and as a result, systems are open to attacks of which they wouldn’t have otherwise been vulnerable.
You can take most of the inconvenience of updates away by setting these programs to update automatically. Not every program allows for this, but enough do to reduce the time updating your software would typically take.
Criminals Use AI to Combat Cybersecurity Measures
AI may not be plotting to overthrow us, but they are learning how to break through our cybersecurity systems. Though cybersecurity systems are also coming with AI, hackers are also using similar methods to stage cyber attacks.
These attacks are concerning because they are so efficient. Today’s AI-assisted attacks can be carried out multiple times across multiple networks. All it takes now is a few lines of code.
The best response to this is to fight fire with fire, meaning you need to utilize AI in your security systems if you want to protect your networks from AI-assisted attacks.
Disgruntled Employees Can Act as Insider Threats
Verizon’s 2019 study showed that 34% of breaches involved someone on the inside, whether through malicious intent or employee negligence. Typical anti-malware tools are utterly ineffective in detecting attacks from inside sources.
Your organization will need to use specialized tools to detect these kinds of threats. These tools will need to identify such security risks as:
- Unauthorized or unusual logins
- New programs installed on computers that are supposed to be locked down
- New devices on restricted networks
With cybersecurity, a 100% secure system or network doesn’t exist. However, you can take steps to keep out bad actors and evolve your security as the times require. Keep up on the upcoming threats to proactively mitigate the risks of a breach in your network.