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What will the biggest impact be on the cyber security world in 2021?

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Year on year, keyboard criminals and their attacking methods get more advanced. Cybercrime since its recognition, has been on a constant rise and therefore each year presents itself as a new challenge for cybersecurity specialists. Each year has the potential to be their worst yet as they battle against a constant stream of new security challenges and work to stay one step ahead.

For all of the challenges COVID-19 presented businesses with, it also posed itself as a massive potential security issue. The transition to remote working increased the risk of breaches due to the higher usage of home networks and personal devices. With the rise of the cybercrime and the shift in working practices, cybersecurity is more of a priority than ever before.

After numerous conversations with clients and candidates alike in the founding months of this year, there seems to be two common trends of conversation around cybersecurity that may be the biggest impact in the security world in 2021:

  • 5G. 5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity and with every new generation, as well as being presented with new capabilities, we are equally faced with new issues, often more complex than the generation before. With 5G expected to be such a dominant force and impactful on smart cities, defence facilities and intelligent power grids, it is evident that it will require strong attention to security.

  • Cloud breaches. As mentioned above, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are transferring to the cloud to assist with new working practices and challenges. It is highly probable that this will cause a significant increase in cloud breaches due to weak security practices.

Cybersecurity can be pertinent to a company’s success. Years of building trust and growing brand reputation can all be undone overnight with a security breach. With that being said, 2021 is shaping up to be the most important year yet to date in world of Cybersecurity. New technology, new challenges, and all in a new working world.