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#askSBS: Upcoming Cybersecurity Trends



Question: What major cybersecurity trends do you see in the upcoming 12 months (or 2021)?

When I think about upcoming cybersecurity trends to be aware of, there are three that come to mind right away:

  1. More automated cyber attacks targeting financial institutions. 27% of all ransomware attacks targeted hospitals and financial institutions so far in 2020 (through the first half of the year).
  2. The pandemic has given rise to two new "normal" outcomes:
    • The increase in digital banking usage is not going to go away, so double-down on digital.
    • Remote work is here to stay as well; doesn't mean all of your employees will work remotely full-time, but maintaining the ability to have your people work from home securely will be very important in the future, both from a productivity and a cultural standpoint.
  3. Attacks today are automated to the point of data breach/network compromise, so you've got to know your network enough to understand what "normal" looks like on your network, as well as what "abnormal" looks like so you can detect bad things when they first occur, not after 50 or 100 days of someone being in your network and launching ransomware on their way out.


Continued Reading

  • {Virtual Conference} CyberRiskNOW: Top Cyber Threats Edition: This virtual conference is designed to provide interactive training and education around today's evolving cybersecurity threats and risk mitigating controls to ensure the security of your organization, customer information, and people. CyberRiskNOW: Top Cyber Threats Edition will cover today's top cybersecurity threats affecting organizations around the country, including top threats to watch out for 2021. We'll also dig into the anatomy of how exactly these threats become incidents, as well as the controls you can leverage to prevent, detect, and respond to such threats.
  • {Blog} Indicators of Compromise: If someone was in your network, would you know? If someone was sending your data out the back door of your network, could you tell? To answer these questions, you must first understand your networking environment, and what “normal” on that environment looks like. How do you start to figure out what “normal” looks like on your network? Here’s a start.


Meet Our Expert! 

Jon Waldman, CISA, CRISCJon Waldman

As an experienced cybersecurity executive and educator, Jon Waldman has worked for over 15 years to help hundreds of organizations be able to identify and understand cybersecurity risks, allowing them to make better and more informed business decisions. Jon is the Chief People Officer for SBS CyberSecurity, as well as the President of the SBS Institute. 



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Hacker Hour webinars are a series of free webinars hosted by SBS CyberSecurity. Unlike paid webinars, Hacker Hours are aimed to meet on a monthly basis to discuss cybersecurity issues and trends in an open format. Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation and get their questions answered. SBS will also offer products and services to help financial institutions with these specific issues.

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Categories: Blog, #askSBS