Big Cybersecurity Takeaways from Black Hat 2020

2020 has changed the dependence on remote work overnight. Cybersecurity across industries have had to adjust quickly to new strategies. And bad guys have found new ways to attack. In addition to all of the ongoing threats, there is a lot to keep up with when it comes to securing your business. Here's what you should pay attention to. 

Key Findings from the Black Hat USA Conference 

As top security pros attended this year's Black Hat USA event looking for the latest tools and discovering the biggest risks, there were a few key stats that stood out: 

94% of security pros believe that the COVID-19 crisis increases the cyber threat systems and data. A chief concern is the vulnerability level of remote access systems. 

Only 15% of security experts believe that cyber operations and threat flow will return to normal after the COVID-19 crisis passes. 

What are the other main threats to watch out for? (Besides the ones targeting remote workers). 

  1. Increased phishing attempts. 
  2. More sophisticated social engineering attacks (where workers are tricked into giving up critical information.) 

When even enterprise tech companies like Garmin are getting victimized, you know it's time to take these vulnerabilities seriously.  

70% of security pros believe that if changes aren't made, they will have to respond to a breach of their own network systems within a year. 

 Most concerning aspect of COVID-19

This Black Hat survey result below shows what cybersecurity professionals are most concerned about right now. 

 What Can You Do Now to Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks? 

Organizations across all industries will need to make significant changes in their methods of operations. The time to discuss and implement those changes is now.

Businesses should also be prepared for the reality that even after the threat of COVID-19 diminishes, some employees will seek to work from home more frequently. 

If You Use Microsoft 365, We Can Help You Shore Up Your Security. 

Microsoft 365 users have plenty of working options for combating this growing threat. 

We recommend a strategy that combines the latest technology, plus regular employee education. For example, it's important to monitor and catch phishing attempts early, but also find effective ways to cut down on the number of staff who fall victim to social engineering attacks. 

At PTG, we offer a "good" and "best" level of cybersecurity to meet your SMB's current budget. 

Want to learn more? Contact us today to start discussing your cybersecurity strategy. 

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