It wasn’t too long ago things were looking stark for the globe. Though we’re still dealing with the fallout of the COVID pandemic, vaccines are rolling out at a fever pitch in the United States and several other regions of the world. There is a reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.
It’s vital to remember, however, that there will always be new challenges facing society. The cybersecurity space will be at the forefront of many of these. While the pandemic raged over the past 18 months, the world was confronted with a different type of contagion: cyber threats. The number of cyber-attacks on businesses increased substantially over the last year, with reported increases as high as 90%.
Cybersecurity remains very much in today’s headlines. Within the past two months, a ransomware attack on a large pipeline created a gasoline shortage in many cities in the Southeast, while another attacked a meat distributor, causing food prices to increase. While these two incidents gained public attention, many ransomware attacks don’t get that same visibility; many organizations sweep such events under the rug to avoid public embarrassment and bad press.
One trend that’s led to this uptick in cybercrime is the mainstreaming of remote work models. While it represents a net positive, practical new approach for both employers and employees, it has…