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New Year, New Threats?

It’s finally the new year and it is promising to be an exciting year as it is the start of a new decade. But while this New Year will surely have its uncertainties (if you're keeping up with the current events in the UK), one thing we can be most certain about is that cyber criminals are going to be upping their game with new tricks to try and steal your data and even your identity.

As such, we have put together a list containing some of the biggest Cyber Security Threats people may face in 2020.

Mobile Attacks

With the up and coming NEW 5G network, there will be a new wave of 5G compatible devices and a new wave of malware specifically designed to take advantage of any lacklustre security within the new devices.

As more people download more mobile applications due to the stronger Network and faster speed that 5G promises, the more damaging any malware that has managed to bypass the security becomes. This is because 5G network allows for devices to be interconnected as such enabling a chain reaction effect if one device were to be affected.

This makes mobile attacks more attractive to cyber criminals who will aim to infiltrate the 5G network when its still young and possibly at its most vulnerable.

Having your data stored within the Cloudsis Cloud means that you get an extra level of security on your mobile as the network security feature will help identify and block any threats that might have attached themselves to your network.

Ransomware Attacks

Like any other malware, ransomware has the possibility of slipping through the security cracks and encrypting all your data. This would force the user to either reset their machine, wait for the universal encryption key to be released or pay the ransom.

The best way to avoid falling victim to a ransomware attack is by ensuring that:

You have the latest software- up to date software means up to date security features, as such it is a lot harder to infiltrate software with the latest security measures as hackers would not have had enough time to develop malware for these new features.

Back up your files- backing up your files will ensure that if something ever wrong, you would still be able to access your data.

With a Cloudsis solution, users can rest easy knowing that the cloud uses up-to-date software and that their data is being backed up on a daily basis.

They are also taken in a complete separate and isolated environment so if the worst has to happen it would not affect the backed up data. If your backups are in the same building as the rest of your infrastructure they are more at risk as they can be easily affected by ransomware compared to back-ups in a separate isolated area.

Phishing Attacks

With phishing attacks being so effective, they have fast become the number one delivery method for cyber criminals. The majority of the data breaches in 2019 can be likely traced back to a phishing email and unfortunately, they are only going to get more prevalent in 2020.

The good news is that most phishing emails can still be fairly easy to identify. Users should be aware of any emails that include strange attachments, asks for personal information, urges you to click a link and demands quick careless action from the user.

Cloud users also benefit from being on the Cloud in terms of phishing emails because the solution is designed to minimise such attacks from occurring.

Al Attacks

Due to the rise in cyber attacks, many top cybersecurity firms developed an AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered security software that could intelligently identify and protect you from even the latest threats. However, cyber criminals soon caught wind of this and in turn created their own AI powered software that identified and exploited security weaknesses within a system.

However, even the smartest malware needs to be delivered to a system first before it can cause problems. This is where the Cloudsis Network security features come in. It helps prevent hacking by blocking any attempts before they can even reach your internal server and desktops. Therefore making the hacking attempt un-successful as the malware would not be delivered to the system.

IoT Attacks

Each year, we get more and more Internet of Things (IoT) devices which are capable of doing better and more exciting things compared to their predecessors. However as the number of IoT devices marginally increases, so do the opportunities they provide to cyber criminals.

As cyber criminals use IoT devices to infect systems via their network, the Cloudsis Cloud security solution helps to combat this by providing the visibility needed to identify and protect all devices connecting to a network.

All in all, there is a lot to be excited about in 2020 and if users remain smart and vigilant, there will be no reason for the new year to be ruined by hackers for you.

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