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Cyber Attacks – What to expect and how to protect yourself?

According to experts, digital transformation is accelerating and continuing to drive key trends in cybersecurity. Both attack and defense strategies should benefit from technological advances and gain agility and intelligence, while some management strategies need to change to keep up with the complexity of these advances. See what to expect in the future to protect your business.

As people, devices, and businesses become more connected and technology advances rapidly, cyberattacks are expected to rise. Some modalities should not “go out of style”, such as ‘ransomware’ and ‘phishing’. But others should gain relevance, such as attacks targeting cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments. The attacker’s greatest ally is sophistication. You just have to think about the number of applications we have today on mobile phones, each with a different interaction.

This perspective is reinforced by the possibilities that 5G offers for real-time decision-making that human beings cannot follow. With countless connected devices, anywhere can be the target of an attack, at the speed of automation. Quantum computing will pose the greatest security threat in the coming years. If you have an encryption-protected file that would take years for a system to break, with quantum computing it takes minutes.

In recent years, security strategies have been incorporating new technologies to respond to specific challenges and needs. This is what is called the “best of breed” model, in which companies adopt the best antivirus solution as the best  solution.

Cyber ​​Threat Intelligence

In this scenario of intensifying attacks, new processes, technologies and services must be born to anticipate threats and, above all, to understand what risk applies to your business. “Cyberthreat intelligence is going to be essential for companies to be able to anticipate them and the impacts they could have on the business and make preventive decisions. This includes the exchange of information on threats and the use of technological advances for defense, such as the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in solutions, and even take advantage of the agility that 5G brings to bring new possibilities for security mechanisms,

Another trend directly affects small and medium-sized businesses: with integrated organizations and systems, as well as business expansion through acquisitions, security can no longer only be considered within the company; you have to make sure that all subsidiaries and small operations have the same level of protection. The attacker will always look for the weakest or most tired link, because through it it is easier to reach the main objective. So the big players need to have methods and technology to do the evaluation of the company they acquire and integrate. The challenge is to bring more speed to the consolidation of the business without increasing the risk of the group or the matrix. In turn, small businesses have the opportunity to implement privacy and security strategies “by design”, that is, in the very conception of products and services. 

Basics never go out of style.

“Cyber ​​hygiene” is a practice that will never go out of style: it’s all about doing the basics right. Technology is changing rapidly, but the basics of the attacks remain the same: the weak password, the click on the malicious email, the providing of personal information, the scammer who manages to deceive. This includes further protecting identities as more and more interactions are digital. Today, no company should offer a service without properly protecting the digital identity. Second factor authentication is no longer an option



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