Cybersecurity company, Palo Alto Networks revealed predictions related to cybersecurity in 2021. These predictions include the spread of personal data due to traveling, the presence of 5G, security of working from home, to information technology security buildings.

VP & Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific and Japan Palo Alto Networks, Sean Duca in a webinar with the media on Tuesday (12/1/2020) said that 2020 is a real test for collective digital resilience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The test is likely to be felt for the next few years.

According to him cybersecurity is a condition that never ends. In any condition, he continued, there are always efforts from various parties to continue to benefit from cyber crime.

1. The spread of personal data due to traveling

More and more countries are implementing bubble travel policies and reciprocal green lanes to revive the tourism and hospitality sector. However, in order that such arrangements be efficient and safe for tourists, personal data needs to be shared across borders accompanied by appropriate security controls and transparent communication on the management and storage of data.

The crucial need for data movement between governments, airlines, airports and hotels will make the debate about how data is stored, accessed and used more and more to the fore in 2021. This is mainly because more and more individuals are increasingly concerned about the security of their personal data. share to other parties.

2. Readiness for the arrival of 5G

The development of 5G implementation in several countries is increasingly visible and will be followed by other countries. The availability of 5G supporting devices is one of the triggers for the faster realization and use of this technology.

At JAPAC, most governments are key in pushing 5G to launch. However, as they are currently busy dealing with Covid-19 and economic recovery efforts, the private sector is ready to take over readiness towards 5G.

This needs to be a concern for companies in 2021. This is not easy. Many nodes need to be installed. These conditions make 5G deployment much more challenging and result in an increased potential for cyberattacks.

The private sector as infrastructure owners cannot use a similar approach in designing and deploying a 5G network, so that they do not fall victim to the same types of attacks that occurred when deploying 3G and 4G.

3. Working from home is smarter and safer

The activity of working at home or work from home (WFH) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the choice of the community for more than 8 months. Companies have a variety of ways for their employees to work safely from home.

Unfortunately, there are still many solutions that rely on old technology, such as unstable VPN connections, physical token tools, and technology-based digital locks that are not designed to support simultaneous connectivity. Some of them are even only temporary solutions and are even considered too complex for some employees who do not understand the impact they have on cybersecurity.

Because of that cloud computing the benefits are increasingly clear. As the adoption of cloud-based tools increases, the need for expensive devices with greater computing power is decreasing. The existence of virtualized desktop is becoming an increasingly popular solution.

Companies can provide connected and simpler tools that only allow employees to access the programs and resources they need online, and receive assignments or jobs in person, so that the company’s vital assets will be protected.

Completely redesigning the way employees connect could cut cybersecurity complications associated with the now common Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) policy, while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of network segmentation.

“Employees must have the same protection as when working in an office. That’s why Palo Alto Network presents SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solution which is becoming the new cybersecurity norm, “said Sean Duca.

4. All parties need to organize the environment

There has been a massive move to the cloud, no longer intended just to support basic tasks, such as email. More activities will be virtualized in 2021. This has prompted companies to review the security systems in the cloud environment they use.

Although network security controls remain an important component in supporting cloud security, companies need to strengthen it with additional layers, especially in the realm of identity management and access management (IAM) as the scalability of cloud deployments in enterprises increases.

This year, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers observed that one misconfiguration of the IAM could allow an attacker to infiltrate an entire cloud environment and bypass nearly any security control.

This error in identity configuration is found in many cloud accounts, indicating that there is a security risk that is not small to an organization, but has the potential to affect the entire environment in no time.

During this pandemic, IT teams are more and more busy dealing with fundamental issues. By 2021, it is likely that more businesses will focus on restructuring and perfecting the foundations they have built so far.

The security team needs to work faster and be able to adapt to the speed provided by the cloud. If they are slow to anticipate this in 2021, it is feared that the number of vulnerabilities that emerge will be far more than expected.


Credit: Palo Alto Networks

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