We know cyberattacks and ransomware have increased rapidly in the past year because of online school and work. Since many IT departments are underfunded, the struggle is ongoing to protect networks and systems from cyberattacks.
Automation can play an important role in:
The current threat landscape- Schools boards who had online classes also faced ransomware attack. In 2020, cybersecurity attacks increased by 18 percent from the past year and chances are in 2021 it will continue to increase. With ongoing threats, automation tools and systems can be on the lookout for threats while security teams attend to more complex tasks.
Prevention demand exceeds human capacity- The cost of a successful attack is greater than the cost of investing money to prevent attacks. It is important for education systems to invest in cybersecurity strategies to protect sensitive data and personal information because addressing these problems can avoid these major risks in the future. Given the cost and time from security teams once an attack takes place, organizations should invest in automation to prevent such attacks.
Fighting education cyber crime- Cyber attackers will attack any system they can find vulnerabilities in. Over the past years, vulnerabilities of the education systems have increased and many schools still recovering from these past attacks. Automation can be the key here because it can help to match the speed of attacks and teams to get out ahead of attackers to proactively keep their schools safe.
Targets within the Pharmaceutical Industry
The increased number of remote workers in the pharmaceutical industry gives cybercriminals an easy way to prepare attacks. Cybercriminals find their way to steal sensitive data and research from the industry as everyone is busy with remote work. Since the industry includes lots of research and development, there is a technique which involves distributing ransomware designed so they could steal such research.
Working remotely increases many endpoints and opens doors to extremely big cybersecurity attacks. There are many challenges in the pharmaceutical industry but the greatest challenge is remote working because it adds risk and demands on security systems.
Pharmaceutical industries have a growing cyber security risk, but the key for remote workers is to secure endpoints and computer resources to avoid networks being stolen. encryption of data in transit, a VPN, it can help pharmaceuticals secure their cloud migrated remote workforce.
Employees can be insider threats for several reasons. Some might be to have access to trade secrets, dissatisfied employees who had issues with the company and could try to get back for firing them.
These are the three main reasons:
1. Financial- The first reason why an employee can become an insider threat is for financial reasons. Sometimes employees have access to trades and data which could be sold for a lot of money by organized crime groups. Companies should be careful of these types of employees that start showing more income than they actually make.
2. Political or professional- Second reason could be politics which is another strong reason for employees to become insider threats. An employee might be upset with their work situation but cannot see a way to fix it because of office politics. It is important to have a peaceful environment for employees at work
3. Emotional or psychological - Employees can sometimes feel their work is not meeting certain emotional needs. Since the pandemic, employees have been working remotely and sometimes it could be stressful which could affect them negatively.
Companies should have strategies to defend themselves from insider threats. Insider threats usually begin when employees feel like outsiders in the company. It is important for companies to have mental-health professionals to help their employees' states of mind regularly. When employees are happy they are never insider threats.