The Future of Cybersecurity in 2021 and Beyond

In recent times, the whole phenomenon around cybersecurity has changed, and it’s primarily because of how rapidly cyberspace is evolving. The technology keeps on changing, and not to mention added layers of security with a subsequent change. 2021, might be another year for upscale innovation and exploring new dimensions in the cybersecurity space.

 

Cybersecurity was always a challenging space both for practitioners and hackers. 2021 has been another year full of security predictions and looming threats all over. As global cybercrime is rising by the day, so is the number of unfilled jobs or vacancies. As per the cybersecurity jobs report, there will be approximately 3.5 million roles, against the backdrop of $6 trillion in costs for 2021. Not only is that a huge number, but it’s also more of a warning to businesses across the globe to start investing in a formidable cybersecurity workforce.

 

Things to Know before entering the Cybersecurity space in 2021

Before we dive right in, as to how 2021 will turn out in the cybersecurity space, we need to look at some of the important factors such as:

 

Increasing cyber risk

Cybersecurity stats are somewhat worrying when one-third of the total cyber risk is spent on cybersecurity measures and almost 20% of the organizations around the world, still lack adequate measures to protect themselves from a cyber attack in the future.

 

Cloud is not ‘completely’ secure

While comparing local or third-party storage mechanisms to cloud storage, the latter often takes precedence in terms of security thus preventing data from any possible leakages or exposure. What if the cloud is not completely secure, and any misconfiguration can enable a cyber attack. But, do we have any better alternatives? In 2021, it seems like none, especially in a post coronavirus world, where organizations are investing billions of dollars in cloud infrastructure and creating remote working environments.

 

The Way Forward

It’s not the rampant cloud usage that might enable hackers to penetrate through organizations, it’s actually, the lack thereof. As we move towards a work from a home model, from global south to north, do we have the necessary workforce? More importantly, are they trained enough to work remotely if need be? Because even the slightest of mistake or an overstep can open floodgates for organized cybercrime and criminal gangs all over the world.

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