cyber securityMany people and business owners still firmly believe cybercrime is a thing from those action-packed SciFi movies. Well, it isn’t, and the threat of cybercrime has been more relevant today than ever before.

In fact, it’s such a big thing that it’s going to become one of the biggest problems the internet will face in the years to come. 2020 has been one of the worst years so far. It hasn’t brought anything useful to the world.

The COVID-19 forced the entire world to stay indoors. The world’s economy has seen a serious halt, and every business, industry, and sector is struggling to remain relevant and competitive, but not cybercrime.

Cybercrime Thrives in the Digital Environment

For cybercriminals, 2020 has been the best year ever. 2020 saw some of the worst breaches and hacks in a long time. Unfortunately, cyber threats and attacks are real, and they are here to stay. The sooner you start working on safety and security measures to fight these threats, the more you can resist them.

The world of today heavily relies on big data and technology to go around. Businesses need both to keep their customers happy and competitors under control.

That dependence on the internet and data is the exact weakness cybercriminals are looking to exploit and get their hands on critical data and information like credit card numbers, email addresses, sensitive business data, credentials, cloud storage access codes, and so much more.

Cybercrime is intuitive – it learns from past mistakes, adapts quickly, and advances with each new upgrade. The more technology advances, the more cybercriminal evolves with it. With that in mind, here are some cyber threats to keep in mind in 2021.

SQLI (SQL Injection Attack)

SQLI has been around for quite some time now, and it’s going to advance and evolve in 2021. This attack refers to manipulating back-end databases to access the wanted data by using SQL code. While this sounds like any other ordinary attack, the problem lies in that the target isn’t aware of the attack as the stolen data stays hidden from users.

That’s how criminals and hackers obtain private customer data or sensitive information about the target enterprise. SQLI attacks allow hackers to steal the data that is supposed to say hidden from such internet users.

For now, businesses can’t do much about it but to use intrusion detection systems. These systems can include anything from verifying and validating the user-supplied data and using the router and firewall together to using IDs to detect any unauthorized breach or access to the system.

Crypto Jacking

Also known as crypto mining, crypto-jacking is a lesser-known cyber threat that will become a common threat in 2021. The more the popularity of crypto technology and currencies grows, the bigger the threat of crypto-jacking.

This particular cyber threat tends to hijack your mobile device, smartphone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computer to exploit its resources to mine cryptocurrencies. Hackers use JavaScript code and online ads to find their way to the target’s browser and execute the attack.

This threat is incredibly dangerous because it’s virtually undetectable. Each time the user runs a certain service, everything will appear to be normal except for a slight delay in the execution. The moment the user notices something is wrong, it is already too late.

For now, the only way to protect yourself against this type of cyber threat is to make sure all your security apps are up to date with the latest versions.

Other Common Threats

Aside from these kinds of newer threats, there are also the most persistent ones, such as phishing, insider threats, ransomware, and DDoS attacks. If you’re required to use the deep and dark web, you should also know that you’re prone to various attacks that lurk in the darker corners of the web.

To make sure you’re safe while surfing the deep/dark web, we suggest you employ the best dark web monitoring tools to prevent any cyber threat from endangering your data and business. DDoS attacks are a very common threat, but they can be easily mitigated by monitoring all incoming traffic and keeping in touch with your cybersecurity vendors to make sure you’re protected.

In case a ransomware attack occurs, the best way to deal with it is by regularly backing up all your systems, applications, and sensitive data. If an attack occurs, simply run your backup and continue where you left off.

Phishing attacks are also easy to deal with by constantly educating your employees on how to recognize the warning signs of phishing attacks.

Conclusion

2020 has been rough enough already, and we’re entirely sure that you don’t need any additional struggles or problems. That’s why we thought it would be good to bring these cyber threats to your attention.

Keep an eye on the old threats, as well as the new ones, invest in the latest cybersecurity measures and monitoring, as this long term investment might just be what ensures your business stays afloat.