3 Reasons Cyberattacks are Increasing (and How Zero Trust Can Help)

3 Reasons Cyberattacks are Increasing (and How Zero Trust Can Help)

The events of 2020 left a lasting impression on the way people work. A third of Americans polled in September 2020 were always working remotely — down from more than half (51%) just a few months earlier. These changes continue to echo across many aspects of our lives. In the digital security space, the shift to remote work helped to produce a surge in the number of digital attacks experienced by 91% of global organizations. One way to defend against this is zero trust security. 

What drove this increase in attacks? Three factors come to mind, all of which can be limited in one way or another by a zero trust framework. 

A Lack of IoT Insight

In the midst of remote work, many businesses are turning to the Internet of things (IoT). More than half (54%) of IT professionals had deployed IoT devices, with another 24% planning to do so in the next 12 months. Those devices adopted in the context of remote work offer a range of benefits. For instance, they help manufacturing organizations monitor the performance of their industrial processes without requiring staff on location, and give health care workers a means by which they can remotely track patients’ vital signs in the hospital or at home. These IoT devices can remotely train people, track assets through the supply chain or enhance physical security.

Even so, many organizations don’t have zero trust set up, so don’t have insight into those IoT d ..