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Are firms putting too much faith in managed service providers? (Includes interview)

Cybersecurity is always in a state of flux and the atypical events of 2020 have made this more precarious that usual. Digital Journal gained an insight from Huntress expert John Hammond. In a second interview with the company, different security aspects are drawn out.

For the second set of predictions, Matt Tomlinson, director of channel partnerships at Huntress outlines some of the factors that will drive the development of cybersecurity throughout 2021.

MSPs Struggle to Become “Most Secure Players”

In 2021, clients will continue to push managed service providers (MSPs) to refine their security practices, though this likely will not occur without a few more breaches acting as a “reality check” to kick things into high gear. Traditionally, MSPs have relied on their collective internal IT knowledge to support their own IT staff, but this is no longer enough. MSPs need to eradicate their “I’m too small to be a target” mentality, and level up security by leaning on partner groups and establishing it as a top priority.

After-Breach Augments Prevention

Typically, preventative measures are put in place by organizations to keep hackers out of their systems, but in today’s breach-filled environment, these measures alone do not suffice. While it makes sense to be proactive and prepared for the worst with preventative tools, hackers tend to find a way in one way or the other, so having after-breach strategies in place is far more realistic and allows companies to plan for a wide swath of scenarios. In 2021, prevention will be coupled with after-breach for a more comprehensive breach plan, and the potential hefty fines associated with ransomware attacks will play a big role in pushing this concept to the forefront. The more education that is out there, the more data vendors will have to make decisions about their course of action.

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2021: A Return to the Cubicle?

Remote work has been discussed ad nauseum this year, and that will continue as companies begin to make plans for extended work from home policies into the new year. However, as most employees have settled into this new reality by now, the risk of hackers targeting employees, especially through nefarious phishing emails, remains. With the increase in phishing scams and data breaches across organizations, it is possible that companies will leave behind remote work in favor of pulling employees back into the office so that they are easier to manage and protect.

Hackers Stick to the Basics

There seems to be a new ransomware attack every day, and the pandemic has no doubt made it easier for hackers to gain access to vulnerable systems with the persisting shift to remote work. Ransomware attacks are so effective that it is hard to imagine that Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) threats will make a big comeback, which essentially allows malware to carry out an attack before an operating system actually launches and requires deep cleansing even after OS installation. While this is wildly unexpected, though so was the pandemic, anything is possible.

Stripping Away Silos: The New Wave of Co-Managed IT

In 2021, we will see boundaries broken as MSPs and internal IT teams band together to co-manage security as opposed to operating in silos. Security talent is dwindling, and because of this, organizations are going to continue to outsource to obtain services in areas where they are not as strong while still leveraging the knowledge of their internal IT teams. I would also not be surprised if more organizations with remediation capabilities built in will continue augmenting these services to take themselves to the next level. The bottom line is that no one can manage IT alone, and collaboration in this area will be a key factor in a company’s security success.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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