Since the inception of the 2020 era, time can briefly be divided into three phases viz, the pre-covid times rather the happy times, the covid times (test of time) and finally the post covid time (recovery phase). With the vaccination around, things are kind of getting back to normal and the businesses are beginning to resume in full fledge. With the pandemic in place, most of the workforce have switched to the new normal aka Work from Home. Most of the big players like Google, twitter and others have encourage the model and have proven to increase productivity. In the time around May 2020, twitter declared permanent WFH model. All these changes points towards our inclination to the digital world for almost anything and everything, including our livelihood.
With more companies and universities moving to the cloud and making everything online puts a lot of information vulnerable to a threat landscape. It’s rather a bold statement to say that with the growing trend of dependency on the digital world, our information has never been so prone to attacks or threats or risks as ever. There’s no second thought that cybersecurity is pretty much the need not only for the hour but for the years to come by.
I was reading a research paper and came across a table that depicted various sectors that have already headed towards digital transformation. Some of these industries include education, healthcare and business and the retail industry.
From the table above, it is conclusive that almost every industry is moving to the digital world. Cybersecurity will need to be considered imperative for almost all of these sector especially the financial and healthcare sector as the type of data dealt might have higher repercussion value in comparison to the others. No matter how you look at it, the cybersecurity industry has recognized significant threats, vulnerabilities, and attack vectors furthermore, reacted with recommendations and best practices for continuous regulation, remediation, and recuperation. Sudden and gigantic migration to remote work has required business elements to prepare and empower their IT frameworks for far off work and oversee staff in phenomenal new manners. The NIST CSF (Cybersecurity Framework) IDENTIFY work helps with building up a hierarchical comprehension to overseeing network threats to frameworks, individuals, resources, information, and capabilities. [Reference]
Furthermore in 2020, many attacks have also caught attention, some of them including phishing attacks, zoom bombing, malware, ransomware and network attacks. As a result, cybersecurity appears to have received the swiftest momentum from the COVID-19 crisis owing to the justifiable need to protect an overstretched cyberspace whose activities have exorbitantly risen in adherence to social distancing measures. Consequently, the spate of cyber attack incidents has skyrocketed. The effect of digitalization is expected to cross-over to every region and will empower the development of new computerized items and administrations dependent on the guideline of adaptability. [Reference]
Furthermore, better approaches for working will cultivate the interest for new ability paying little mind to individuals’ geographical distribution. In addition, network safety and protection will become two key components that will uphold the coordinated improvement of the Internet of Things, AI and big data. With an enduring change to remote working and changing work propensities and practices, there should be a revived accentuation on information security. The new ordinary of hybrid work forces should have the right layers of security that ensure a wide range of employees. It’s tied in with expanding user awareness and education campaigns which will help us keep a step forward to be as defensive as possible to counter cyber risks.
Article by Kaushik Sundararajan
I am a security professional specializing in network security. With vivid experience in different industries, I am looking to explore the current cyberspace and discuss the ideology of certain ideas from a different perspective.