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Predicting the Future: Where the Cybersecurity space is headed and how you can prepare

June 10, 2021

Predicting the Future: Where the Cybersecurity space is headed and how you can prepare
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Nobody can predict the future. And you should be wary of anybody claiming that they can.

But we can do the next best thing—talk with people who are experts in their field for their predictions. Few industries are changing as rapidly as the cybersecurity industry, and on this special “As the Gears Turn” edition of B2B Tech Talk, we chat with Mark Romano, Senior Director of WW Channel Marketing, and Cory Nachriener, Chief Technology Officer from WatchGuard Technologies to get their take on where the industry is headed, and how you can prepare.

Topics discussed:

  • Why simple antivirus protection isn’t enough anymore
  • The 888% rise in fileless Malware
  • How to protect yourself against malicious actors
  • The top 2 security projects every organization should implement immediately


What’s Coming?

Again, while nobody can predict the future, our friends at WatchGuard are experts in the cybersecurity field and have an incredible handle on industry trends. Their two biggest predictions for the coming years?

First off, with the rise of a remote workforce, hackers will be going after remote workers. Because remote workers’ home connections undoubtedly have a link to their corporate office, they’re going to focus on infecting home networks with VPN worms.

Why VPN worms?

Because worms spread on a network, and when your computer uses a VPN to connect remotely to your headquarters, it leaves behind a VPN adapter. VPN worms look for those VPN adapters and use the routing information contained within them to spread over that VPN to your corporate network.

Secondly, we’re going to see a convergence of two types of attacks: mobile attacks and IoT attacks, specifically in the smart charging capabilities of electric cars.

Because chargers carry not just charging capabilities, but have a data component as well, it’s likely that a smart charger could be hijacked to transmit malware to a vehicle, gaining control of the entire network.

So how do you protect yourself against these types of attacks?

Move Beyond Simple Antivirus

A simple antivirus program isn’t enough anymore.

Every corporate endpoint has some sort of antivirus running in the background, but what you really need are a good EPP (endpoint protection) and EDR (endpoint detection & response.)

An EPP will go beyond what a simple antivirus can do and look for the next level of evasive malware that might make it onto your endpoint but leave signs of malicious activity. While an EDR can help detect and remediate anything that gets through.

It’s no longer a matter of IF your company gets compromised, it’s just a matter of WHEN.

And you should be doing everything possible to secure your networks against bad actors because they’re getting more creative, smarter, and more adaptive.

Make sure and listen to the entire interview for a TON more information around cybersecurity and what you can be doing right now to protect yourself and your organization.