These are the biggest security risks in 2021


From ransomware to deepfakes – com! professional shows which attack techniques will be particularly important in 2021.

The corona pandemic has shown how important it is to prepare for dangers. This also and especially applies to security strategies. Banal, but true: in order to be prepared for all eventualities, every company has to constantly ask itself what threats are acute and which attacks can be expected in the future. This is the only way countermeasures can be targeted and efficient. The following article therefore brings together the assessments of proven security experts on the greatest threats to companies in 2021.

Cybercrime mit Covid-19

As a famous saying goes, forecasts are uncertain, especially when they concern the future. This certainly does not apply to a prediction: The cyber criminals will take advantage of the Corona issue. Attacks on hospitals, manufacturers and critical infrastructures were already observed in 2020. Rüdiger Weyrauch, Director Sales Engineering CEE at FireEye, reports: “Hackers, both from Iran and China, have expanded their activities and are attacking not only research companies, but also other healthcare providers and biotechnology companies. They are the leading players in Covid-19 espionage. “Ransomware, data exfiltration and espionage attacks on the health and pharmaceutical industries can also be expected in 2021, according to Avast Threat Intelligence.

The many online shops that advertise dubious cures for Covid-19 will certainly remain with us in 2021. Avast predicts that the availability of vaccinations will increase the number of scams that users can reach via fake shops and ads on social media. Tim Berghoff, Security Evangelist at G Data, also sees a risk in the subject of vaccination, which otherwise gives rise to so much hope: “It is to be expected that users will be offered more vaccines instead of potency-increasing agents or face masks. We assume that criminals will try to trick users into believing that they have quick access to a corona vaccination. Here it is important to trust only the information from official bodies and to critically question the abbreviation offered. ”

Richard Bird, Chief Customer Information Officer at Ping Identity, knows another risk that should by no means be underestimated: “We know that cyber criminals used fake Covid tracking websites last year to phishing them and Distribute ransomware. So you benefit from people’s need for information. Because especially in times of lockdowns and exit restrictions, they naturally want to know what’s going on outside. And when they then access the relevant websites from their work devices, you have a data leak in no time – or worse. “


Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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