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There’s a danger that hackers are becoming smarter than you (Includes interview)

In February 2021 a ransomware attack was targeted at CD Projekt Red (the maker of triple-A games like Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series). This was followed by news of a ransomware attacks targeted at two hospital chains (Leon Medical Centers and Nocona General Hospital). Together these make for a concerning pattern of cyberttacks.

To gain a perspective on the current level of threats, Digital Journal spoke with Michael Rezek, Vice President of cybersecurity strategy at Accedian.

Rezek says: “With the coronavirus pandemic increasing worldwide, ransomware attacks are likely to continue well into 2021, with state-backed organisations targeting hospitals, state and local governments”

He adds that: “As Information Technology teams build out their 2021 cybersecurity strategy, they need to look to network detection solutions, plus endpoint security platforms.” Such platforms are better able to stand a chance in detecting persistent threats.

Rezek looks at what is being done and what else can be done: “For smaller firms, managed security services such as defense and response are options.”

In terms of other practices, he suggests: “Simple cybersecurity practices like varying and updating passwords and not clicking on suspicious links can go a long way.”

Rezek adds that looking at cybersecurity strategy is necessary as attackers can be engaging in months of reconnaissance before striking.

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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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