Looking back on 2020, we can honestly say it was a year like no other. We faced wildfires, hurricanes, a raucous election season and, of course, a pandemic that forced millions of people to work, socialize and attend school from home. For cybersecurity teams, 2020 presented a unique challenge. How do you continue to offer defenses for networks and data when users are forced to work remotely?
Here are the big cybersecurity trends and cloud computing security changes we noted in 2020.
C-suite executives reported a 90% increase in cyberattacks after workers went remote, according to a study from Tanium, and 98% say they saw a rise in security challenges in the first two months of the work-from-home period. In addition, 70% say they are increasing their focus on remote cybersecurity. They listed their number one goal as knowing all endpoints connected to the network.
“The almost overnight transition to remote work forced changes for which many organizations were unprepared,” says Tanium’s Chief Information Security Officer Chris Hodson in a statement.
It wasn’t simply a matter of people being unprepared for this exodus from on site to work from home. It was also about thinking too highly of how standard security measures would work, and thinking too low of the most simple cybersecurity best practices.
Reliance on VPNs
When employers first sent workers home in March, IT teams scrambled to find virtual private networks (VPNs) to make sure employees were accessing the network through secure connections. VPNs issued by employers are designed to encrypt data as it transmits between two different networks, and have oversight from the IT and secu ..