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Top 3 cybersecurity threats to look out for in 2021

The number of data breaches affecting businesses around the world has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to an increase in the number of people working from home and the introduction of more sophisticated attack methods, cybercriminals are finding it easier than ever to exploit unsuspecting employees and steal money and data from businesses.

So, how can you avoid the financial and reputational damages caused by a cyberattack? First, you need to be aware of the most common threats. Here are a few to look out for this year:

1. Social engineering

Social engineering attacks include methods such as phishing and scareware, using psychological techniques to coerce people into handing over sensitive information. Spear phishing, for example, is an increasingly common example of social engineering. It involves sending personalised phishing emails to victims using their personal details, encouraging them to download ransomware or hand over their personal information. To avoid this kind of attack, you need to train all employees to recognise the key signs of phishing.

2. DDoS attacks

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when several compromised computer systems attack a website or server to deny service to its users. It is a relatively complex operation but, thanks to the increasing powers of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, is growing in popularity amongst cybercriminals. Preventing DDoS attacks often requires professional security experts to implement measures such as intrusion prevention systems.

3. Exploitation of cloud computing vulnerabilities

With more people than ever using cloud computing services to collaborate and share files, hackers have spotted an opportunity to exploit unpatched systems, hack into user accounts, and plant ransomware to steal sensitive information. If you’re looking to strengthen a cloud computing system’s defences, it is essential to ensure your cloud storage is correctly configured and your employees are well-versed in staying safe online.

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