Cybercriminals will have more opportunities to attack businesses and users shortly. Here’s how they will do it and the solutions to defend themselves.
Information security is one of the crucial aspects of the growth and competitiveness of enterprises. As the digitization process progresses, cybercriminals have more opportunities to target businesses.
How they act are so many; for example, they can sneak into corporate networks and steal data, asking for “ransom” to return them.
Alternatively, they can use the information to commit further crimes, such as manipulating internal files without the knowledge of a device admin. With the spread of new technologies, from Artificial Intelligence to process automation, the points of attack multiply.
In 2021, cybersecurity will be fundamental, and companies must already prepare and protect themselves adequately. One way to act in a targeted manner is undoubtedly to know the risks and security trends that will emerge in the coming months.
Hackers will focus on individual characteristics and weaknesses
The criminals tend to ignore the massive attacks and prefer those targeted, specifically designed for a category of users or even designed for a particular person. This type of actions will be renewed continuously and based on the “fear of the moment”, relying on the many fake news that populates the network.
2020 was a challenging year that helped encourage the circulation of fake news, thanks to web platforms, social media and other information tools that produce millions of word per minute. Fake news has been able and knows how to influence public opinion on the crucial issues of the moment and will be used by hackers to convince users to carry out various types of actions.
This type of attack will be called ” trust attack “: hackers enter systems and devices not to steal data but to manipulate information and discredit institutions and organizations of various kinds.
Criminal actions will, therefore, not only aim to steal private data. Companies should think about actual training courses dedicated to all levels of the company: becoming aware of the danger is the first way to protect yourself.
The spread of 5G will incentivize unknown IT risks
With the spread of 5G, connectivity will also increase worldwide. According to experts, DDoS attacks will also increase, capable of reaching even new devices connected to the fast network. Criminals may not just attack systems or steal data but also cause damage and interruptions to the connection.
Such attacks could have significant consequences for companies working with 5G using new technologies, such as robotics and Artificial Intelligence used in organizational and production departments.
Artificial Intelligence at the forefront of cybersecurity
However, in the face of these risks related to cybersecurity, companies can defend themselves in different ways. First of all, it will be necessary to rely on professional figures aimed at specific company interventions, such as the cybersecurity manager.
Also, new technologies will be used in the company to thwart any cyber attacks.
Among the innovative solutions of this is Artificial Intelligence, one of the most promising technologies for the future.
In 2020, AI was able to prevent a very sophisticated cyber attack. Artificial Intelligence revealed this two weeks earlier than the human experts employed in the prevention activity. This is an important fact: the technology in question is already capable of monitoring the network and searching for possible criminal actions, understanding potential threats and creating detailed reports on the situation in real-time. These activities are done nine times faster than a team of people.
In 2021, this capacity of Artificial Intelligence will be used more and more by both governments and large companies. Also, advanced technologies will be exploited more and more effectively by those responsible for corporate security.