The global pandemic has played a major role in accelerating digital transformation with no signs of slowing down. This hyper-connected world certainly does call for strengthened security to face any associated threats or challenges, enabling resilience and foresight in implemented security strategies.
Cybercriminals will continue to implement traditional security breach methods such as email phishing, unsecured secrets, and exploitation of known flaws. Therefore, developers’ passwords and tokens that are integral to organizational safety and security must be tamper-proof, disabling attackers to penetrate the several layers of an enterprise’s network discreetly.
Supply chain attacks are also an increasingly prevalent threat. Ongoing economic disruptions generate opportunities for malicious attackers to strong-arm targets for big payouts. Therefore, there is a requirement to be aware of these threats, particularly in the form of quadruple extortion models, such as holding critical data, threatening to leak, vandalize or publicize breaches, targeting customers, or even causing detrimental effects to the network security of the company supply chains or partner vendors.
Among the increasing security concerns as of late, ransomware has caused a lot of damage to different kinds of businesses across various scales and industries. Enterprises have been targeted for lucrative payouts or exploited by ransomware as a service (RaaS) groups. Unfortunately, ransomware will continuously evolve and prevail. There are two emerging trends, as per industrial predictions. This includes the prediction that modern ransomware will become increasingly targeted and prominent, in addition to ransomware operators who may use more complex tactics of extortion, such as exfiltrating data with the intent of weaponizing it.
Attack vectors that are commonly used, such as VPNs, spear-phishing emails, and exposed RDP ports, remain in play. However, the cloud is predictably a larger target with the increasing popularity of companies migrating to cloud-based data storage systems.
Cybercriminals are increasingly motivated to launch a never-seen-before number of zero-day exploits, with the increased media attention and large payouts associated with data and network breaches of today. Security leaders must look for older vulnerabilities that are still traded and purchased within underground markets, as enterprises struggle with complex patch management. This patch gap within enterprises must be repaired before attackers start taking advantage of this vulnerability.
There are a few strategies to future-proof security strategies against emerging TTPs, or threat tactics and techniques:
- Security efforts do not need to be overwhelming in order to maintain. Adhering to best practices and industry frameworks enables companies to stay on top of compliance requirements and patch management. Utilization of security solutions with automated compliance and misconfiguration scans is integral, without burdening teams with manual checks that can take up a lot of valuable time and resources.
- Verification is always necessary – blind trust when it comes to network and data sensitivity is never negotiable. A zero trust implementation must be in place, which ensures no user or device can connect to your application or systems without getting vetted. This does not stop at the entrance – there is a constant need for continuous scanning for suspicious activity and behavior, important to maintaining network security.
- There is a need to harden the workload of cloud and data center security, in addition to the employment of access control. Automated security solutions with access management and control must be used in order to ensure credentials are only provided when necessary.
- Comprehensive visibility needs to be prioritized, as employees continue to access cloud applications, systems, services, and visibility. This is particularly relevant since more and more companies have started to opt for the work-from-home model, which is convenient for employees in addition to helping businesses keep their overheads low. Additionally, security teams can leverage automation solutions with customizable APIs to continually scan misconfigurations across cloud providers, services, and accounts.
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