Digital Transformation


The COVID-19 epidemic affected people and companies all across the world in some manner. It changed the way individuals went about their everyday lives and how businesses ran almost overnight. Changes to the cyber environment increased at an unprecedented rate in the middle of the pandemonium. Some of the trends that fueled and continue to fuel these shifts are as follows:


  1. Increased Use of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • About 56 federal agencies in the U.S. reported using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.1
  • In 2021, experts expect the number of connected devices to reach 10.07 billion.2


  1. Rapid Adoption of the Cloud
  • Global public cloud end-user expenditure is expected to grow by over 18% in 2021.3


  1. Digital Transformation
  • IT spending is expected to hit $3.9 trillion in 2021.3
  • Spending on digital transformation technologies increased from $1 trillion in 2018 to $2.39 trillion in 2021.2


  1. Work-From-Home Model
  • Over 70% of all departments and teams are expected to have remote workers by 2028.4


Cybercrime is on the rise as the attack surface expands. According to an FBI analysis, cyberattacks have increased by more than 400 percent since the pandemic began, making it critical to detect and mitigate cyber risks for the health and future of your organization.


Growing Cybersecurity Risks

  1. Targeted Ransomware Attack

Ransomware attacks have long been a nuisance to businesses. Experts have estimated that about 10% of breaches reported in 2021, so far, involved ransomware.5 The success of this mode of attack is attributed to the simplicity with which an attacker can wreak havoc. It should worry everyone that ransomware kits are inexpensively available on the dark web.

Ransomware propagators are constantly devising new plans to evade defenses set by businesses. Without precautionary measures in place, SMBs could find themselves at risk.


  1. Phishing Attacks

Phishing uses social engineering in email and cloud services attacks. Phishing attacks can lead to account takeover, credential theft, and more. According to one report, phishing attacks increased by 11% in 2021 alone.5

Malicious actors using phishing scams as their method of attack are cunning enough to tilt every global event to their advantage. For example, when the pandemic started, phishing emails were sent out to the masses in the name of the World Health Organization (WHO). Later, when vaccines were rolled out, scam emails had a vaccine company’s name as the sender.


  1. Insider Threats

Shockingly, close to 20% of breaches involve internal actors.5 The problem with insider threats is that they’re often the toughest to detect.

The most common causes of inside incidents are:

  • Negligent employees or contractors6 – 62%
  • Criminal or malicious insiders6 – 23%
  • Credential theft6 – 14%


  1. Fileless Attacks

A fileless attack aims to exploit the features and tools of a victim’s environment. It doesn’t depend on file-dependent payloads nor does it generate a new file. This leaves no footprint and makes fileless attacks very hard to detect. A fileless attack is reported to be 10 times more successful than a file-based attack.7

Fileless attacks can originate through an email that directs you to a malicious website. From there, using social engineering tactics, the cybercriminal can use system tools (such as PowerShell) to distribute payloads and execute commands. Since these system tools are part of your IT environment, the threat can evade outdated security systems.


How to Stay Protected

You can ramp up your IT security and protect your business by following these steps:

  • Keep your systems updated and safe from cyberattacks that exploit known software vulnerabilities by automating patch and vulnerability management.
  • Ensure effective and quick recovery from cyber disruption by backing up your systems and SaaS applications.
  • Secure your systems by deploying advanced antivirus and antimalware solutions that provide endpoint detection and response (EDR).
  • Make sure every new device has the necessary security tools to start with — local firewall, DNS filtering, malware protection, multifactor authentication (MFA), and disk encryption.
  • Always be ready with an incident response plan. No breach can shake you if you have a robust action plan. The plan should have a communication strategy with all stakeholders, including your investors and valued customers.
  • Provide regular security training to your employees and vendors.

If thinking about assessing your current cybersecurity posture gives you anxiety and you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. We can take the assessment off your plate and suggest the right solutions for your business. An experienced partner like us can make your cybersecurity journey seamless and successful.

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  1. US GAO-20-577 Report
  2. Statista
  3. Gartner
  4. Upwork Report
  5. Verizon 2021 DBIR
  6. 2020 Cost of Insider Threats: Global Report
  7. Ponemon Institute