Network security is on everyone’s mind under normal circumstances, but when you add a pandemic to the mix, the landscape becomes even more vulnerable. With higher percentages of employees working remotely (particularly now with stay-at-home orders in every state), along with a wide variety of apps available for download and customers looking for a seamless digital experience, the face of corporate network infrastructure is changing shape. Although small businesses may feel they aren’t large enough to attract hackers, the reality is that it’s all about the money for a hacker. In fact, small and medium-sized businesses can be even more vulnerable if the right expertise and technology are not in place.
It is vital to understand these vulnerabilities and how we can work toward solid-state protection moving forward. Hackers are getting more sophisticated, attacks are more difficult to combat, and employees (whether they are working in their home office or the corporate office) must realize the role they play in protecting company data.
The growing need to set up secure networks for remote workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an increased awareness of the importance of protecting users, devices, and data. Here are a few network security trends to watch in the coming months that can help us stay ahead of the challenges:
Cloud-Based Security Expansion
More and more companies are moving their technology infrastructure to the cloud, which means the number of cloud-based security platforms and services are going to increase in 2020. By the end of 2019, cloud-security sales became a $460 million industry. Nearly 75% of companies are expected to move applications to the cloud over the next few years. Cloud-based security provides several advantages, including reduced costs, improved performance, greater threat intelligence, and quicker compliance with government and industry standards.
Growing Number of Mobile Devices are Prime Targets
Mobile devices are everywhere and in an increasing number of industries such as healthcare and hospitality as a way to increase worker productivity and offer an outstanding customer experience. With a rising number of mobile devices in use, including at-home workers during the Coronavirus quarantine, the amount of data is also growing. That’s why cybercriminals are putting more focus on connected smartphones and mobile computers and why experts say they will be the primary target in 2020. Another reason cybercriminals like handheld devices is that this technology is mainly programmed to protect corporate emails, not necessarily personal emails, SMS, or 3rd-party apps. Instituting policies on the use of personal devices and educating employees on the risks are two very crucial steps to protect your business. Find more ways to protect users from cybercriminals in our previous blog, 4 Common Security Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.
Password privacy and protection is the number one security issue troubling companies. In fact, a new authentication method may take the place of passwords in the coming years. Passwordless authentication can include hardware tokens or one-time password generators, biometric authentication, and knowledge-based authentication. Gartner research predicts that by 2022, 90% of mid-sized companies will implement passwordless authentication for more than half of use cases.
Increased Awareness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Law enforcement statistics report an increase in cyberattacks, happening every 39 seconds on average, with hackers selling fake COVID-19 cures, posing as government agencies in phishing emails, and inserting malware into pandemic resources tracking the disease. Implementing the proper security measures, including advice and recommendations from expert network security solution providers like HarborTech, will help fight to “flatten the curve” on attacks.
Is it time to get your network in top shape to keep hackers away? Contact HarborTech Mobility today for expert advice to keep your employees and your data safe.