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Many would agree that one word to adequately describe the past year is “disruption” — with the onset of Covid-19, many businesses experienced a total uprooting of their normal procedures, particularly in the frantic transition to a remote workforce as stay at home orders were put in place. The resulting impact on technology, business and cybersecurity brought new security risks to the surface, and 2021 has revealed some important trends that business owners will need to carefully consider going forward.

If your organization underwent a sudden shift to a totally remote workforce, it’s likely that there are resulting areas of weakness that leave your company more vulnerable to the threats of cybercriminals and hackers. Cybercriminals are running rampant across all industries in the midst of Covid-19, and remote work has increased the average cost of a data breach by $137,000.

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Many of the cybersecurity trends we’re seeing today — increased ransomware attacks and phishing schemes, the continued advancement of artificial intelligence, and remote work threats — aren’t necessarily unique. Some of them are, but most have simply been amplified by Covid-19 and the increased vulnerability of organizations’ security infrastructures.

That said, many organizations’ cybersecurity efforts were lacking long before the pandemic, and perhaps the increase in data breaches we’ve seen in 2021 will provide the push needed to start putting more thought into keeping company assets safe and secure. To take a look at what cybersecurity trends are impacting businesses the most in 2021, check out this visual by Panda Security. It includes actionable strategies for organizations to consider as they fight against the ever-increasing cyber threats of 2021 and beyond.