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Technology was forced to rapidly advance in 2020 due to the global health crisis, which found organizations scrambling to adapt to remote working.

As the world continues to rely more and more on technology, the need to address threats to cybersecurity becomes increasingly important.

Top Cybersecurity Threats for 2021

 

As the world continues to rely more and more on technology, the need to address threats to cybersecurity becomes increasingly important.

With 64 per cent of organizations already having experienced web-based attacks, here are seven cybersecurity threats to be aware of in 2021:

  1. Phishing—Phishing occurs when a hacker tricks someone into providing sensitive information or accessing malware by using a false identity. This can happen through email, social media accounts and more.
  2. SMS-based phishing—This form of phishing, sometimes referred to as “smishing,” occurs through SMS text messages. The attack only happens after the link within the text message is opened. While emails are typically able to identify a phishing scam and filter it out, text messages with bad links can still come through.
  3. PDF scams—These scams occur when a PDF attachment in an email or messaging platform contains a link to malware or ransomware. Scammers know people are more likely to open a PDF attachment than a website link, especially if it’s been labelled as a statement balance or press release.
  4. Malware and ransomware—Malware and ransomware can lead to hijacked software, frozen systems, and lost and stolen data. Businesses often keep data on servers that are connected to the internet, and all it takes is one crack in a company’s cybersecurity for hackers to attack and access that data.
  5. Database exposure—Customer contact information, financial records and identity records are all susceptible to hacking and theft when servers aren’t properly protected.
  6. Credential stuffing—Credential stuffing aims to gain private access through the utilization of stolen login credentials. The most common occurrence of credential stuffing happens when the same login information is used for multiple websites and accounts.
  7. Accidental sharing—Accidents happen. But when accidents contain confidential and sensitive information, company cybersecurity can be at risk. This type of threat is usually the result of human error rather than a hacker or malware issue.

Experts predict that, by 2023, cybercriminals will be stealing nearly 33 billion records per year.

Learn more about protecting your organization against these cybersecurity threats by contacting Prairie Villa Insurance  today.

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