For all of us the idea that we close 2020 and start 2021 afresh is appealing. But it will not happen. The impact of Covid-19 will reach into the New Year, even as we pin our hopes on a vaccine.
It seems likely that we will see a rise in malicious activities by as much as 40 per cent next year and we anticipate that smaller enterprises will be the main victim. Previously they’ve often fallen under the attack radar, but if they’re not using adequate security, the chances of escaping a breach are reducing every day.
There are good reasons for this:
To combat the increasingly sophisticated level of threats, we are likely to see current regulations being extended into remote locations and homes to enforce protection mechanisms. This is not a bad thing, but the fundamental issues of protection can be addressed now.
Given the continuation of remote working, endpoint devices are set to be the biggest area of vulnerability as we move into 2021, and the biggest attack vectors for endpoints are keylogging and screen-grabbing malware through which sensitive data can most easily be snatched.
No one should be fooled into thinking that anti-virus and two-factor authentication will help them withstand this type of attack. If a keylogger is installed on a remote endpoint laptop which has a lower security posture than it would within the secure corporate perimeter, an attacker gets full access as the user logs-in and to everything the user enters at the keyboard or displays in a local application.
As we have discussed many times before, data entry on unmanaged devices must be protected, particularly on devices that work with remote access apps like Citrix, VMWare, WVD, web browsers and Microsoft Office applications. Browsers that access the corporate network should also be locked down.
But on a positive note…
We finish 2020 with a smile. We have added senior appointments at SentryBay in this last quarter and they are already having a positive impact on our sales and product development. We expect to expand further in the New Year and to announce new financial sector wins in Europe to our ever-growing portfolio of enterprise customers. We know that combatting malicious cyber activity is essential and we are working hard to devise new solutions that introduce even higher levels of protection, so watch this space.
We would like to wish all of our customers, partners and suppliers all the best for the festive season and our hopes for a prosperous, and safe, New Year.
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