5 key cybersecurity risks in 2021, and how to address them now

With an unexpected year of massive change behind us, many organizations have now an extensive remote workforce, new technologies in use, and digital transformation under way across the board. While this has introduced many opportunities for SMBs, it has also come with a host of cybersecurity challenges.

To meet these challenges, you must start by addressing several key points of potential weakness. Outlined below are the areas businesses must plan for in their 2021 cybersecurity strategy in order to minimize risks.

Endpoint threats

Over 70% of threats enter via endpoints. With many remote employees relying on always-on endpoints like laptops and servers, VPNs and cloud-based SaaS, it’s important to take an overarching look at how to implement a full-coverage solution.

Use a comprehensive, layered cybersecurity strategy to reduce the risk associated with the remote workforce, augmenting or even replacing legacy tools like antivirus that aren’t equipped to combat today’s threats. Put your SIEM to work by expanding its scope to every endpoint, adding defense-in-depth capabilities for susceptible devices and leveraging threat prevention, detection and response for a holistic strategy.

Work-from-home vulnerabilities

The remote workforce has brought a lot to the table: flexibility, adaptability, and, unfortunately, a number of new attack vectors. We have undergone a fast pivot to work-from-home and the transition to dispersed devices and new networks has uncovered potential security issues.

Network security alone can no longer be used as a safety measure for mobile devices and remote employees. Implementing secure remote connections and multifactor authentication (MFA) are critical to maintaining security across enterprise operations.

Source: Help Network Security

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