Few organisations have been placed under pressure as extreme over the past year as those working in healthcare. In many cases, this has been a catalyst for rapid digital transformation. Yet with healthcare organisations (HCOs) stretched to the limit, security gaps inevitably appear in systems that support life-saving work on the COVID-19 front line.
As 2020 showed, many cyber-criminals have no qualms about disrupting HCOs, and putting lives at risk, in order to extort victims with ransomware and data theft. To find out more on exactly how fast the pandemic is driving cloud adoption, and how well the sector understands its cybersecurity challenges, Trend Micro commissioned a global study of more than 2,500 IT decision makers in 28 countries across several industry sectors, including healthcare.
As 2021 nears, enterprises have to orient themselves to the main focus areas and considerations. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations have had to rethink their operational and security processes — from business functions and cloud migrations to teleworking support. These, along with constant security risks, have not only challenged organizations in 2020 but also raised concerns regarding their readiness for disruption.
Now that working from home has become commonplace, houses have since been flipped into offices for the foreseeable future. More employees are using devices (some even personal) to access confidential data on home and corporate networks, which poses a considerable risk to any organization. Without secured access and robust security tools that protect the distributed attack surface, threat actors can easily hack into networks and jump from one machine to another until they find a suitable target.
Here are some of the other predictions that we believe security professionals and decision-makers should watch out for in the coming year.
When the news first came through about lockdown, my heart sank. How was I going to maintain sales engagement and momentum with partners, especially the ones I’d only recently taken on and did not know well? Navigating these personal relationships, from sales floor to boardroom, is challenging at the best of times. In many ways, the weeks and months that followed proved my initial feelings both right and wrong.
On the one hand I was right to be nervous: the role of the Channel Account Manager (CAM) has been impacted significantly by pandemic-related events over the past few months. However, with the right approach, the right team and the right product set behind you, it is possible to pivot to success amidst unprecedented change.
The UK’s higher education sector is one of the country’s most prized assets. Its universities are among the world’s leading academic institutions and also play a major role in creating the skills, research and IP needed to drive the economy forward. But as major hubs of people and sensitive data, universities also represent a major target for attackers.
Whether they’re aimed at causing damaging ransomware-related outages, tricking finance teams into wiring funds abroad, stealing staff and student data, or lifting sensitive research, these cyber-threats represent a serious financial and reputational risk to the sector. In a new era of COVID-19, where many universities will be expecting significantly reduced student numbers and income, there’s more pressure than ever to keep such threats at bay.