2021 Cyber Shifts

by | Jun 22, 2021 | IT Security

Daniel Mays

Daniel Mays

Desktop Support Specialist

Daniel’s experience includes years as a Support Manager and Systems Administrator. He has Linux expertise drawn from working at one of Houston’s largest website companies and at a data center, and he knows his way around a very wide range of MSSP responsibilities,

Before we dive into 2021 let us take a step back to look at how workflow and work environments shifted back in 2020.

As we all know painfully well, a global pandemic came onto the scene leaving many businesses, staff, and networks making immediate changes to meet the lockdown demands of a work-from-home business model. This sudden shift meant breaking away from traditional physical servers, networks, and workstations and into virtual environments. The new need for VPN, Virtual hosts, RDP, and more left many businesses and staff unprotected. Or, at best, they were made more vulnerable than they were before. Hastily moving to a remote workforce and making it functional did not allow time to bear in mind all the consequences it would have on security, adjustments to policies, and the enforcement of those policies.

Given the large shift to virtual and cloud environments over the last year, it is safe to say that MSSPs and related cyber security firms have been busy fielding calls from businesses suffering from the large growth in cyber-attacks.

Cyber Shifts By The Numbers:

  • In the last couple years Exploits from vulnerabilities in unpatched devices including servers and workstations increased 60%
  • In some cases, close to 50% of business operated PCs had some form of malware and were reinfected that same year by users.
  • Roughly 60% of companies plan or budget to comply with laws and regulations to protect against cyber-attacks.
  • Malware attacks have increased by 358% and ransomware increased by 435%. The biggest issue with these numbers is the sharp increase of small business attacks for companies with less than 250 employees. The days of going after the whales only are done.

With such a large increase in cyber attacks and the sudden change in work environments, many statistics have been gathered on why this is happening.

Cyber Security Readiness:

  • Senior IT staff were recently polled and almost 80% of them noted that their company lacked the resources and protection against new cyber-attacks.
  • Only a little more than 50% of companies have done a yearly risk assessment in 2020 after switching to new cloud work environment.
  • Over 70% of companies have no detailed plan to respond to an incident regarding ransomware or attacks.

So, what’s the cost of these Breaches:

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