01 Dec Cybersecurity: Getting Your Business Ready for 2021
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 was a unique year on a global scale. We have all been confronted with challenges, obstacles, and changes within our personal and professional lives. As we look back, we do find an opportunity as organizations to identify several recent and emerging cybersecurity trends that will doubtlessly recur as we begin 2021 and prepare accordingly, so that our business can avoid unnecessary hindrance on their path to thriving in the new year. FPV & Galíndez shares some of the cyber threats of 2020 to keep on the lookout and prepare for as 2021 approaches.
Cybercriminals will zero in on remote workers
With stay-at-home orders across the globe, employees shifted from office work to remote work. Many were using their own technology and devices as companies raced to prepare their IT platforms for this abrupt change. This presented an easy target for cyberattacks focused on finding the cracks in a company’s security conditions, as they had not planned to provide that kind of support to remote workers. Lesson: Organizations have to reassess their approach to security for any in-house and remote staff as these latter ones can provide the optimal access point for corporate IT cybercrime.
The repercussions from security breaches in the healthcare industry can have a lethal result.
We cannot begin to describe the courage that our healthcare workers have displayed and continue to do so as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the financial burdens that the industry has also faced, such as canceling elective procedures, avoiding in-person medical visits, and the overwhelming additional support costs that are involved in keeping workers safe, are historic. Yet, cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare providers continue on the rise, with some hackers having the potential to disrupt computer systems and ultimately directly affect the needed tools to monitor a patient’s progress or treatment, with dire consequences. Lesson: Healthcare institutions need to have adequate cybersecurity controls in place so that they can provide for the wellbeing of their patients physically and electronically.
With the increase of internet users and new technology, data exposure is a real threat.
As tech and worldwide developments change, so will the cybercriminal methods. For example, 5g technology works on both ends, faster communication for users, but this also enables malicious attackers to execute their attacks and move data much faster as well. Lesson: Organizations do not need to hold back from updating their technology or working remotely. They just need to have the right cybersecurity strategies and solutions in place.
FPV & Galíndez knows the importance of relying on the right team to assist you in implementing the security structure and solutions for your business needs. Our IT Technology division has the experts and the tools that will take you into 2021 safely and productively. Contact us to learn more.
About the author: Wilfredo Vera Pujols, CISA, CDPSE
A skilled consultant in the areas of Internal Audits and Compliance, Vera holds a BBA in Information Services from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and a Master’s in Computer Sciences from the illustrious Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He has used his excellent preparation in the last 3 years of his specialty in Auditing and Consulting, Internal Controls, and SOX for our diverse clientele. Among some of his major clients are Evertec, Triple S of Puerto Rico, and Banco Popular, to name a few. We are sure that this ISACA member, along with the expertise of FPV & Galíndez’s skilled Consulting Department will provide strategic solutions for any IT and Cybersecurity needs your organization may have.