Yaşar Ateş

System and Security Administration Manager

Cybersecurity Trends and Emerging Threats in 2021

2021 is finally here and it brings a more bright future along with however we have long way to go. In this episode, we will review the five cybersecurity threats that creates prominent potential risk and will offer practical suggestions that will help reduce the general risk of the organizations.


First quarter of 2021 represents a cybersecurity crossroads. Business owners may be either sending personnels to back to office and meanwhile managing the rewards and risks of remote working. This opens a door for malicious actors. From common consensus vectors to new threats attackers always seek for ways to evade from awareness of IT, defensing methods and get benefit from emerging vulnerabilities

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Indicating The Scene: Cybersecurity Threats in 2020


Some of the threats in 2020 weren’t new. For example, according to [IBM Security X-Force’s data](https://securityintelligence.com/posts/ransomware-2020-attack-trends-new-techniques-affecting-organizations-worldwide/) One in four attacks fixed as of September 2020 were linked to old good ransomware.


In the mean time working from home offered another vector of approach for threat actors and [The new information security threats have emerged](https://securityintelligence.com/articles/cybersecurity-trends-keeping-up-with-new-normal/) From sacrificing privileged ID information to the use of mixed personal and professional network, attackers didn’t lose time to enter by jumping over the lower sticks.


In the mean time IT teams have worked a lot to defend potential vulnerabilities and diminish the emerging risks by improving the ID access method, developing the data encryption and switching to services being managed.


Last years cyber security trends are important for 2021 because they composed the scene. Both companies and cyber criminals know the new normal of IT from remote. Well, what next then?

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Working From Home Attacks


The first big cybersecurity trend of 2020 stems from 2021. WFH states that although it’s not a new threat, it’s just a matter of time that attackers[simultaneously](https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/security/10-cybersecurity-threats-enterprise-it-should-watch-out-2021) create a major violation by endangering more than one insecure house networks and services. Corporate attacking level has increased a lot with many personnels who use house broad networks for both personal use and work.


Solving this issue means that [doubling the IAM](https://www.ibm.com/security/identity-access-management) with tools that can intelligently analyze user activity, resource requests, and corporate connection habits to allow simplified login when secure, and require extra authentication when potential problems are detected.

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Brute Force Disappointments


Brute force endeavors are back in trend too. Attackers behind this and such other cybersecurity trends, are aware of the denial of service (DDoS) potential which distributed for demolishing corporate networks. In the second half of 2020 [%12 of increase was seen](https://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/ddos-attacks-increased-rapidly-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-as-hackers-exploited-new-tools-and-techniques/) .at DDoS attack endeavors especially in the simple service delivery protocol(SSDP) and simple network management protocol(SNMP).


Attackers slowed down or completely enabled of service the respond times by overwhelming the corporate network by increasing IP requests by using the botnet swarms. Since this protocol links and manages the common corporate devices including modems, printers, keys, routers and servers SNMP vulnerabilities are more worrisome. Endangering the SNMP services pretty much carries the attackers beyond access of [security walls](https://securityintelligence.com/articles/is-the-end-of-the-firewall-in-sight/) and exposes all corporate services to risk.


Businesses need [agile, adaptable tools](https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/protection-against-dos-and-ddos-ibm-qradar-network-security-iqns-xgs-and-network-ips-gx-appliances) that are able to detect attacks when they happen, isolate and fix them in order to fight with DDoS based threats in 2021.

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No File Frames


No file malware and ransomware attacks will continue to plague the assets in 2021. These threats were designed for overcoming the familiar detection controls and infiltrate the key systems by using approved platforms or software tools which already exists.


This approach enables the attackers to overcome the common detection methods which scan the malicious file attachments or cataloging the creation of new files. Moreover, current system tools are used means that malicious persons don’t have to design their own attack frames. This shortens the required time for developing malware. Attackers [in 2021](https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/blogs/five-cyber-threats-2021/) using [no file malware](https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/blogs/five-cyber-threats-2021/) is likely in order to endanger the service providers instead of particular groups. Later on, they might use their current infrastructure to attack to lower clients.


Like most of the cybersecurity trends listed in here, being on the alert is so important. Organizations can defend themselves against no file threats with the [cybersecurity hygiene house cleaning](https://securityintelligence.com/how-to-defend-your-organization-against-fileless-malware-attacks/) at the first quarter. This software and its systems focus on to keep updated, make security tools run as intended and distribute effective ID access controls like multiple factored ID approval (MFA).


Old Cyber Security Trends are Still Important


While attackers developing new way the old ones like, ransomware, Trojan horses and botnets are still around. Businesses should provide required educations and tools to their personnels, in order to detect these attacks in the shortest time, face with these familiar threats and come around with partially have no damage. This begins with tutorials about common security breach vectors such as malicious e-mail attachments and links. In addition, it includes continuous endeavors that help tracking e-mail accounts remembering personnels the security standards and inform them when potential threat detected.

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Front Line Phishing


The biggest news for 2021 is of course the Covid-19 vaccine. People seek for information about the vaccine from current state of the disease to when and where the vaccine is given and who is approved to take. This will affect the cyber security trends of 2021. Finally, companies must be ready for increase in related ID phishing campaigns. These are so dangerous because they attract the readers right away.


Attacks benefit from this were already detected. United Kingdom National Health Service have [sent warnings](https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55811161) . about fake vaccine appointment e-mails recently. IBM X-Force has indicated a [supply side attack that aims to endanger](https://securityintelligence.com/posts/ibm-uncovers-global-phishing-covid-19-vaccine-cold-chain/) the vaccine cold chain.


The reason of this increase is simple. Despite of how people talking about them frequently and corporate IT’s continuing efforts, ID phishing frauds still works. They are more worrisome during the WFH. Although pandemic oppressions cause increasing stress on their personal and business life, workers at home receive tons of e-mails. The result is not surprising: Humanity love ID phishing.


This fight with common agreement, begins with the improving the ID management. Organizations can mitigate the addiction risk just by providing [the right persons in the right time to the right sources in a right access](https://securityintelligence.com/posts/when-implementing-zero-trust-context-is-everything/). Creating a culture consist of secondary ideas is also important about the security. Personnels are supposed to inform when they see something suspicious and they should be supported in this endeavor. As a result? When it comes to the fight with phishing, being slow and consistent wins the race.


Proved Tools For Todays Cyber Security Trends


Malicious actors are increasing their efforts, whilst organizations taking their first step towards to a new normal. Employers need an attack plan that unifies the experienced and validated best apps with the last years tools in order to fight against to either within emerged agreement vectors and familiar threat frames with todays cyber security trends.