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Cyber Security 2021 Prediction by
Arjun Basnet

Security Analyst - CSW

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Arjun Basnet

Prediction #1

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Spear phishing, password spraying, and exploiting internet-facing assets, are the most popular infection vector when it comes to nation-states actors' activity and will continue to dominate in 2021.

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Prediction #2

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Ransomware gangs will get more aggressive and will concentrate attacks on the most critical industries, including healthcare and manufacturing industries, and continue to leak hacked data on the dark and deep web.

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Maria Daniel Raj

Security Analyst - CSW

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Organizations will give more importance towards weakly maintained information exposed to the Internet which cyber criminals can take advantage of targeted information to deliver more relevant Targeted attacks, phishing campaigns, malwares - to explore more insights and device new infiltration techniques

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Shamane Tan

Chief Growth Officer, Privasec

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With our world shifting into the virtual landscape, this can only mean that more information will be made even more available to the public, and it will be unsurprising for cybercrime to evolve and manifest in different creative forms.

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Matt Stamper

CISO, Executive Advisor - EVOTEK

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2021 will be the year of SOAR and investments in enhanced detection technologies including deception. I am cautiously optimistic that the improvements in security automation, the outstanding work in discovering zero-day vulnerabilities, and other software flaws will improve such that we'll see real reductions in dwell time. I also predict that cybersecurity as a topic for the board of directors will continue to be front-and-center - notably for public companies who are required by the SEC to provide accurate and complete disclosures related to their cyber risks. This focus will drive enhancements as to how organizations address patching and vulnerability management for their technology stacks. Sadly, we will also see the loss of life where OT or healthcare-related technologies are compromised, exposing new levels of liability for organizations in critical sectors.

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Satish Kumar

Team Lead, CSW

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Corporate networks or devices which can be connected by employees from outside, for example, the company's intranet or security infrastructure from coffee shops, restaurants, railway stations, hotels, and other public wifi access will be more open and prone to cyber-attacks.

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Vengatesh Nagarajan

Technical Project Manager - CSW

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Deep fakes will be the next threat on which cybersecurity has to act on.

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Steve Hunter

Senior Director, Systems Engineering - Asia Pacific & Japan - ForeScout Technologies Inc.

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Organizations will need to determine how they will adapt to this new world, now that it has become clear that working remotely is not only possible for many but, in some cases, preferred. This means that Zero Trust capabilities will be more important than ever as corporate laptops connect to home, coffee shop and hotel networks around the world, mingling corporate devices with riskier ones that are no longer controlled by enterprise cybersecurity teams.

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Satish Bhagavatula

CTO | Engineering, Technology & DevOps Leader | Cloud Operations

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CISOs, IT and Product leadership of SaaS providers will explore Governance & Operational transformation while shifting-[Security]-left through automation, adopting SecDevOps methodologies, and imbibing a balanced Risk-Based Vulnerability Management philosophy to prepare themselves against increased product security incidents which are impacting millions of customers, not to mention corporate & government embarrassments and losses.

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Vandana Verma

Global Board of Directors at OWASP & InfosecGirls

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Prediction for next year is the companies are adopting and understanding the importance of security in the cloud, at the same time DevSecOps with chaos engineering is becoming an important thing with a pinch of automation and AI.

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Macy Dennis

CSO - Evotek

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I think the threat landscape will be similar to 2020 with a likelihood of an uptick in supply chain attacks, as well as in 3rd and 4th party risks. Additionally, I expect the trend in nation-state activity to increase dramatically in 2021.

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Marcin Szczepanik

CISO, Essar Oil (UK)

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More Companies will be impacted by cyber threats, and many of them will start investing in Cyber Security. It will take another year though to improve their posture.

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Donald Firesmith

System/Software Engineer and Author

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As recognition of the importance of resilience engineering increases, cybersecurity's contribution to resilience will become increasingly recognized. However, while cybersecurity is an essential part of resilience, it will become increasingly recognized that the adversities that can disrupt critical capabilities extend well beyond cybersecurity threats and attacks. Resilience also involves adversities associated with capacity, interoperability, longevity, robustness, safety, and survivability.

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Nitin S

DevSecOps Enthusiast | CyberSecurity | CloudSecurity

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Indian startups will start to look into the security maturity and data privacy concerns to avoid future data breaches.

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Adv Rajas Pingle

International Cyber Law Expert | Cyber Crime Lawyer | Advocate | Professor | Privacy & Data Protection

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Year 2020 has seen a considerable increase in data breaches and further upsurge is expected with the rise of unemployment across the globe due to the pandemic. In this context, the Indian Personal Data Protection Act which is to be enacted by 2021, will increase personal data consciousness among the masses, compel the corporates to take adequate measures to safeguard user data and increase cybersecurity to avoid hefty penalties. The silver lining in this is that the PDPA might act as a stimulus in reducing overall cyber security incidents in India.

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Jelle Wieringa

Security Advocate, Public Speaker, Advisor, KnowBe4u

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Consumers will see an increase in Whatsapp and SMS fraud. Not only will the number of scams increase, but cybercriminals will become bolder by asking for higher amounts of money and using more forceful and devious techniques to manipulate people into paying.

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Hitoshi Kokumai

Founder & Managing Director Mnemonic Identity Solutions

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“I would predict that 2021 will be the year that the global population will start to discover the real value of 'hard-to-forget', 'hard-to-break' and 'panic-proof' secret credentials for secure and sustainable digital identity."

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Sachit Singh

Director, Cyber Security

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We have seen that there is an increased adoption of SaaS and the pandemic has further propelled this adoption. Data protection, strong authentication and visibility into the SaaS configuration will be critical to the firms.Insider abuse to misconfiguration in SaaS can be equally disastrous. The enterprises will start building the controls from protection to visibility to remediation to have a more holistic approach when it comes to SaaS.

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Wai Kit Cheah

Director, Security Practice at Lumen Technologies

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With remote work, employees are no longer within the safety and confines of their corporate network. In a home environment, they would not be protected from malicious websites, drive-by downloads, malvertisements, as they would be in their corporate network behind security policies and protection layers. Chances are much higher that endpoints could inadvertently download a malicious malware or be infected with ransomware.

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Catherine Allen

Founder and Chairman, The Santa Fe Group

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In 2021 we will continue to see concerns about supply chain management and the management of risk when outsourcing. Location risk, geopolitical risks and reputational risk issues will be at the forefront along with cybersecurity risks, where adversaries will focus on the weakest link…the third and fourth party suppliers.

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Prof John Walker

Nottingham Trent University

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Successful Cyber Attacks will continue with more high-profile companies falling to compromise. Sadly, 2021 will not be the year we see real steps taken toward Cyber Resilience - but it will be the year in which we encounter a more serious mindset toward addressing the aspect of Cyber Security. We may have to wait for 2022 and beyond to see those thoughts formulate into tangible action.

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George Do

SVP & CISO, Gojek

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Very large fines will be levied on firms due to data breaches that compromise the privacy of customers / consumers. Cybersecurity skills gap will continue to grow and force security programs to outsource and/or train incumbent staff to upskill even more. Nation states will continue efforts to embed backdoors at the hardware layer. The majority of successful hacks is achieved by the compromise of user accounts or credentials (vs. exploiting a vulnerability)

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Diana Kelley

CTO & Founding Partner SecurityCurve

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Passwords are a challenge, no one likes having to remember a lot of different ones and stolen passwords lead to account compromise. This is why I expect 2021 to see consumers adopting password wallets/managers that generate unique passwords for each account and then store them safely. Enterprises will continue to move towards “passwordless” strategies and both consumers and enterprises will implement MFA (multi-factor authentication) such as one-time use codes via text and biometrics to improve password-only security.

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Tapendra Dev

Founder & CEO Secure Blink

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CISO & CSO are transitioning towards a durable cybersecurity solution in compliance with the zero-trust strategy, and SASE occupies right into that space substantially.

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Steve Stobo

Director at Cyber Consultancy Services (CCS) Limited

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Attacks against 3rd party suppliers will increase as hackers look for smaller, softer targets that are either connected to or share Personal Identifiable Information (PII) with larger corporates, but do not necessarily have the highest levels of security protection. Without knowing the security and compliance risks that your 3rd party suppliers have you will be blind to the risks that they pose to you

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Jacqueline Jayne

Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4

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“There is a continuing and growing conversation about cybersecurity culture. Last year's prediction on this focus area was premature. We haven’t seen the uptake for company-wide KPIs related to cybersecurity expectations for training, behavior and reporting. However, after the release of The Australian Cybersecurity Strategy 2020, I am more confident that the conversation is becoming louder and the need for security awareness training is front of mind.”

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