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Security AccessTechnology is a challenging industry to keep up with. Every day, there’s new hardware, software, and mobile apps that hit the market.

Even more challenging is trying to navigate through all the techy jargon to understand:

  1. What does this new technology product or solution do?
  2. What do I actually need to know?
  3. How can I plan ahead to keep my business up-to-date?

The subject of cybersecurity specifically can be even tougher to navigate. Our new remote-work-focused landscape has changed how many businesses look at cybersecurity. Also, when you research many of the latest and upcoming cybersecurity solutions out there, the business details are buried in technical specifications and industry lingo.

In this blog, we’ll help breakdown what you need to know for the year ahead.

Why Is Now an Important Time for Cybersecurity?

The coronavirus pandemic reshaped the way many businesses work. In a matter of months, the U.S. shifted to a primarily work-from-home landscape.

According to a June 2020 report by Stanford University, “We see an incredible 42% of the U.S. labor force now working from home full-time. About another 33% are not working – a testament to the savage impact of the lockdown recession. And the remaining 26% – mostly essential service workers – are working on their business premises. So, by sheer numbers, the U.S. is a working-from-home economy.”

With more people working from home, there are more devices out in the field transmitting sensitive data from residential connections. There are also a substantial number of people still working in the office. The robust firewalls and cybersecurity solutions that have safeguarded devices behind office walls are still essential for many businesses. However, in some cases, they can fall short in protecting your work-from-home and mobile devices.

In a remote-work-first environment, many businesses can benefit from revisiting their cybersecurity solutions and re-educating users on new best cybersecurity practices.

6 Cybersecurity Trends for Businesses to Consider for 2021

1. Data protection

Businesses create and store a ton of data, and we can only expect that volume to keep growing. As companies continue to increase their digital footprints, both physically and digitally, there’s more data available and more endpoints for hackers to exploit. Companies should be reconsidering how they store and protect their data while keeping it accessible and efficient for members of their organization.

Additionally, companies should be considering ways to “disaster-proof” their data. Disasters can range from human error, weather events, cyberattacks, file corruption, hardware failure, or even, as we’ve recently experienced, a global pandemic.

Cybersecurity plans are essential for businesses to protect their data and retain access to it in the event of an emergency.

2. Multifactor authentication (MFA)

More companies are doing business online, everything from purchasing and banking to buying solutions like phone systems and cybersecurity services. MFA provides an additional layer of cybersecurity when accessing information online by verifying your identity using an alternate touchpoint.

You’re probably familiar with the most common MFA scenario: you enter your username and password, then once your login information has been confirmed, you must enter an additional code that’s usually delivered via a text notification or email to a mobile device. This extra layer of security helps prevent malicious users from hacking into accounts and accessing private data.

3. Expert cybersecurity help and guidance

Cybersecurity is getting more complex, evolving frequently, and becoming increasingly more important for businesses of any size in any industry. Many organizations are realizing that they have cybersecurity needs that go beyond what their internal IT team or existing help desk can handle. There’s a developing need for expert staff, either on a project basis or ongoing support basis, that can address advanced cybersecurity needs.

Many businesses are also realizing that their off-the-shelf, plug-and-play cybersecurity solutions just aren’t cutting it anymore. Customized cybersecurity solutions that meet future business needs, coupled with expert guidance to support the systems, will continue to gain importance in more companies’ long-term IT plans.

4. Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity

You’ve probably heard the IoT buzzword somewhere in a news article, blog, or social media. It’s kind of a confusing term for something we’ve become increasingly more familiar with in recent years.

IoT covers all the internet-connected devices and gadgets that help make our everyday lives more comfortable. The category contains everything from smart speakers, thermostats (think Nest), watches, doorbells, lightbulbs, water meters, manufacturing technology—the list is always growing. These devices, while often tiny, transmit a ton of data. They also record information that you probably don’t want to hand over to anyone who can hack the connections.

Expect cybersecurity solutions to continue to evolve to include protections for IoT devices.

5. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

A work-from-home economy means there are more devices, or endpoints, out in the field away from the office. Instead of focusing on protecting devices behind a firewall in a physical location, EDR focuses on securing and protecting the individual devices distributed across an organization’s virtual network no matter where they’re located.

EDR monitors the business’s devices for suspicious behavior in real-time using advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect cyberattacks, isolate infected machines, alert administrators, and remove cyberthreats. With EDR, cybersecurity experts can monitor alerts and quarantine individual devices before the entire business network is compromised.

6. Long-haul remote work plans

When the coronavirus pandemic started, many businesses scrambled to throw together emergency work from home plans. Now, there’s a shift to more permanent work from home or flexible remote work plans.

Technology demands, in terms of software, hardware, cybersecurity, and support, look different when employees are distributed across various offices, states, and time zones. Of course, technology plays a critical role for businesses to stay connected, get work done, and support employees. More organizations are reevaluating their spur of the moment work from home plans and developing tangible, long-term remote workplace plans.

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