The white horse has passed, and 2020 has become a thing of the past. The global outbreak of the new crown epidemic has brought huge losses to all walks of life. Everyone’s life and work habits have also changed a lot. It also brings new challenges and development opportunities to the network security market. What changes will the cybersecurity market in 2021 usher in? Next, let us look forward to the next cybersecurity market in 2021:
● Attacks on remote infrastructure will increase
Affected by the new crown epidemic, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people moving from centralized office to home office, which directly leads to a significant increase in the use of technologies that promote remote work, such as the use of email, VPN and remote desktop (RDP). In many cases, workers begin to work remotely so quickly that the organization does not have enough time to fully consider security risks. This has resulted in an increase in the attack situation. Criminals understand the weak links and how to use them, especially using VPNs. Unfortunately, we have seen some compromises, and companies must focus on the security of both VPN and RDP infrastructure.
●Smart devices will develop from interconnected to autonomous
Smart cities, smart manufacturing, smart transportation, and logistics will increase investment to make them more autonomous. Smart devices used in manufacturing plants, transportation, and logistics automation will become more automated, with more built-in intelligence and fewer full-time connections. This will have an impact on latency, connection availability, and security issues. Latency issues are the result of having to communicate with centralized cloud services, which can take longer than real-time systems to react to what is happening in the physical world. Similarly, connection interruptions due to various reasons (power outages, cloud outages, network attacks) will also affect involuntary smart devices. The more connections and interactions with external services, the higher the security risk of attack. Therefore, we will see more intelligent systems that can run on their own, mainly using connections for remote monitoring.
●The Internet will become a large-scale interconnected service factory
We are evolving towards APIs for web applications, and organizations will provide some services in different interconnected clouds. This is the beginning of a complete grid of interconnected services from the edge to the central cloud, effectively creating a complete grid hierarchy. The risk is that if one component fails, the entire system will be affected. The concentration on major cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and DNS, increases the likelihood of large-scale downtime.
● Centralization will bring greater impact
This impact includes widespread outages and collateral damage. When a simple DDoS attack causes downtime, we put all our eggs in one basket, and we will see a broader downtime that affects consumers. Most users of ordinary smart devices do not know what they are connected to. Therefore, when AWS goes down and IoT home devices stop working, problems may arise. We have begun to rely on smart doorbells and robotic vacuum systems without considering the importance of safe and reliable connections.
● More advanced non-national online users will try to impose damage
Ordinary users are now learning TTPS skills used by APT groups and other cybercriminal organizations. We expect that local citizens will take more localized actions to influence and disrupt the process of their country. And because they have access to social media, they can have a significant impact.
●Internet connection providers need to provide more excess bandwidth to deal with the “gray noise” of the Internet
Scanning white hats, gray hats, and black hats, DDoS attacks will consume network bandwidth. Therefore, every Internet exchange, transmission provider, and ISP must take this traffic into consideration when adjusting the network scale. The increased gray noise makes it more time-consuming and expensive to determine good and bad traffic. Ultimately, the cost of doing so will be passed on to enterprises and consumers.
●More bad robot problems will appear
In 2020, we see that the scalper scalping of the PS5/XBOX series affects consumers. People are using sniper robots to fight the scalpers in the market. It’s not just malicious participants or hackers who are building scripts to buy things faster.
Ordinary people are buying learning tools or building tools through online video to achieve this. If you don’t have a robot, you are at a disadvantage when snapping up products. Companies will need advanced robot mitigation mechanisms to better the fairness of user consumption.
● Ransomware will continue to exist
Expect to see more emails that entice you to click on malicious links in the future. These phishing plans may use some hot issues, such as getting vaccinations against the new coronavirus as early as possible or other topics with strong emotional appeal. Therefore, we will see more ransomware through the phishing payload.
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