Top Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021

Enterprise Security Magazine | Saturday, December 05, 2020

Techniques for fake audio or video or audio are now progressive enough to be weaponized and used to generate targeted content to manipulate stock prices, opinions, or worse.

FREMONT, CA: One foreseeable thing about cybersecurity is that threat players will always pursue to take gain of chief events or changes such as COVID-19 or the rollout of 5G for their gain.  Thus, to stay ahead of threats, firms ought to be proactive and leave no part of their attack surface vulnerable or unmonitored, or they risk becoming the next prey of sophisticated and targeted attacks.

Below are critical cybersecurity predictions for 2021, specifying the crucial security challenges that organizations will face.

The Botnet Army Will Remain to Grow

Hackers have established several malware families into botnets to build armies of infected computers to launch attacks. One frequently used malware in 2020, Emotet, started as a banking trojan but has progressed to become one of the most persistent and multipurpose botnets, capable of launching various damaging exploits, from data theft to ransomware.

Nation Will Attack Nation

Cyber-attacks by nation-states will continue to grow: for spying or to influence events in other countries. A technology giant reported that threat actors from three countries launched 89 percent of nation-state hacking events in 2019. In recent years, the epicenter has been on safeguarding critical national infrastructure. While this remains essential, it has also grown necessary to recognize the influence of attacks against other state segments. These comprise national healthcare institutions and government departments.

Weaponizing Deepfakes

Techniques for fake audio or video or audio are now progressive enough to be weaponized and used to generate targeted content to manipulate stock prices, opinions, or worse. Earlier in 2020, a political group in Belgium released a deepfake video of the prime minister giving a speech associating COVID-19 to environmental damage and calling for climate change action. Several viewers believed the address was real. For instance, an audio could be faked for voice phishing at a more simplistic level to fabricate a CEO’s voice to bypass voice authentication.


The connected, high-speed world assured by 5G also gives cybercriminals prospects to launch attacks and cause a commotion by targeting that connectivity. Electronic health devices collect information about users’ wellbeing, connected car services monitor operators’ movements, and smart city applications gather data about how handlers live their lives. These heaps of data from always-on, 5G devices will need to be secured against theft, breaches, and tampering to ensure security and privacy against attacks, particularly as a lot of this data will evade corporate networks their security controls.

Internet of Threats (IoT)

As 5G networks roll out, the number of connected IoT devices will enormously expand, thereby drastically growing networks’ susceptibility to large scale, multi-vector cyber-attacks. IoT devices and their connections to the cloud and systems are still a weak link in security: it is difficult to get complete prominence of devices as they have complex security requirements. Thus, there is a necessity for a more holistic approach to IoT security, with a blend of new and traditional controls to protect these fast-growing networks across all business sectors and industries.

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