5 Cybersecurity Trends CISOs Must Track in 2021

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Neelesh Kripalani

As we head into a new decade, it’s obvious to think about what the future will have in store for us. The year 2020 will be the one that everyone would like to forget. From a cybersecurity perspective too, this year was buzzing for all the wrong reasons. Over the last 3 months, India has witnessed a rise in ransomware attacks by over 39 per cent, making it the second most impacted country in the world. While the world was focused on the health and economic threats posed by Covid-19, cyber criminals around the world were capitalizing on this crisis. In fact, we can expect to see attacks on the healthcare sector in India continue to rise well into 2021, hence there is a need to keep pace with trends that will shape how we address cybersecurity.

1. Cloud-based cybersecurity: Covid-19 has fast-tracked the shift towards cloud adoption in 2020 and as a result, cloud-based cybersecurity has evolved along the way too. Organizations, traditionally, kept their networks secure by locally installing anti-virus, anti-malware, and other software. As per a forecast by Gartner Inc., spending on public cloud services in India is estimated to touch 4.1 billion dollars in 2021, up by 29.4% from last year. However, with increased cloud adoption and improved sophistication of cyber-attacks, these conventional security mechanisms are no longer sufficient. The use of a cloud-based cybersecurity strategy offers a whole lot more benefits than traditional security strategies, especially if your network is cloud-based. Gartner has also estimated a growth of 31.2% on cloud management and security services, thereby emphasizing the need for sure-fire cloud based security.

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