In the past year, Fujitsu highlighted the enormous risk that companies will try more than ever to adopt digital transformation immediately, and therefore the need for complete security to ensure the development of their business in this recovery phase and at this point is growing again.
An unprecedented challenge in the new year that begins. 10 key elements of protection. The next 12 months will undoubtedly be challenging and companies need to take steps to mitigate their impact and be well positioned to ensure future growth. Therefore, Fujitsu defines the 10 elements to protect if they want to become a secure organization, prepared for the immediate and rapidly changing future.
Telework. The proliferation of work from home has dramatically increased the attack surface, forcing many companies to accelerate their digital strategies. Employees were forced to change their habits and work patterns. This increases the so-called attack surface, especially when using personal devices to connect to company resources and during attacks such as phishing. Today, organizations not only need to protect their employees, but also have to train them and make them aware of these types of attacks.
To be successful, you need to strike the right balance between security and user experience. The global pandemic has changed the way users behave in the way we communicate, work, consume and spend our free time. What all these changes and new requirements have in common is that digital identities are required. The sophistication of how organizations use, manage, and protect them has not yet reached what is known as the new normal. Because these security controls negatively impact the user experience for many, they believe security is complicated, cumbersome, and time-consuming. As a result, frustration leads users to leave a service or bypass security controls. Nowadays, no one doubts that it is more necessary than ever to deliver a robust user experience safely and reliably.
Assess costs and risks. Many security teams will enter 2021 with reduced budgets due to the impact of COVID-19. This requires a careful assessment of spending priorities, the investments to be made, and decisions about where to focus your forces to take higher risk.
New life for ransomware attacks. These attacks will grow in scope and sophistication over the next year. An increase in the number and previously unused market sectors such as health is already clearly visible. And the nature of the damage is also changing, as is the increase in extortion. Additionally, with the increasing use of artificial intelligence in rescue attacks, AI will be part of the problem. While it’s fair to say, it also provides part of the solution as it continues to develop greater ways to detect and flag suspicious behavior.
Disinformation attacks. For Fujitsu, cyber criminals taking advantage of current affairs such as Brexit, elections and COVID-19 have launched social engineering attacks to exploit – and even create – panic and fear. In 2021, new ideas for businesses and individuals focused on issues related to the pandemic, such as: B. Mandatory vaccinations, health passes, mass tests and closings. There will be a lot of misinformation and multisectoral attacks from criminal gangs are expected. Some countries are already testing the use of machine learning to defend themselves against disinformation campaigns.
Security is at risk while privacy is preserved. For the multinational company, an important point is the DNS or domain name system via HTTPS, which becomes a common vector of attack both on the Internet and in private networks. A difficult subject as it is a standard feature of major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge and the security controls cannot analyze the website’s requirements. As such, organizations need to carefully consider whether to enable this feature on corporate devices and consider the new dynamism of the office of an increasing number of employees moving from their homes on personal devices to infrastructure and service companies, which are the opportunities for this type of business increases attack.
5G quickly opens up further potential weaknesses. As 5G technology matures and telecommunications companies continue to deploy these networks, security concerns will also grow and become a national problem. The possibilities offered by 5G cannot be ignored. However, when examining how best to use this new network, a security focus must be considered.
Internet of Behavior Security Concerns. The Internet of Things (IoT) has driven innovations in all areas of life. However, Fujitsu believes that the Internet of Things has exploded without a strong security framework and so we need to accompany it with extensive data protection controls that need to be assessed from the start rather than after the fact so that we can be confident that the same data is not being used become a nefarious manner and are exposed to threats from the agents.
Meet where it’s most affected. Attacks on certain industry characteristics will continue to offer great opportunities. The number of attacks on connected cars has risen sharply in the past year, as has it in manufacturing facilities and utilities. Operational Technology (OR) systems recorded a four-digit percentage growth. This is because they have less mature security controls and many of them can directly affect the operation of a business. On the positive side, the Japanese company believes that more and more companies are recognizing the value of cloud computing as a reliable means of delivering OT security in places where physical deployment is impractical or feasible, and it will be Be key.
Focusing on the clouds is not the same as being free from threats. Layered cloud protection will take on a new meaning in 2021. On the way to a cloud-centric future, companies will continually attempt to disrupt for money, intellectual property, or political gains. These attacks can cripple businesses in a very short amount of time, and the financial impact has led businesses to pay a ransom for their data or bring their services back online. This trend is a cause for concern, and layered cloud protection should be a focus for many organizations in 2021 as it balances digitization and security.
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