Key trends in cybersecurity 2021

Since the birth of the digital age in the late 20th century, cybersecurity has been a growing trend. The term ‘hacker’ first emerged in the late 1960s and first referred to an individual disrupting telephone communication systems at the time. The cyberpunk image of a hacker we are more familiar now came a little later in the 20th century as computers became more widespread. Hackers became known as ‘technological hackers’ before the ubiquity of computer technology meant the prefix ‘technological’ was dropped entirely. 

These days the majority of us internet users are familiar with icons in our browser such as the padlock to demonstrate a site is secure. Banks and other businesses with transaction needs that have moved online are at the forefront of protecting our digital data with multiple security checks for users to log in or make a purchase. 

With the ongoing global crises of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise to hear that an estimated 83% of enterprises worked on improving their cybersecurity last year. With more people stuck inside due to coronavirus social distancing lockdown restrictions, more of us than ever looked for retail therapy and safety from outdoors by shopping online. For businesses receiving this increase in users and customers, cybersecurity remains a key focus point for ensuring a successful online future for their endeavours to grow. 

  1. Work online platforms 

Moving to secure platforms to communicate with a workforce that has been staying at home has been a crucial step for many businesses to take. Platforms such as Asana and other online team management software allows for efficient and reliable communications between employer and employees. 

  1. Employee cybersecurity training

Following a workforce that has been working remotely more than ever this past year has come with its own challenges alongside a global pandemic. As a result, employers have been more keen than ever to make sure their staff have sufficient training in all online and digital protocols.