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The cybersecurity company Trend Micro warns that home networks, remote work software and cloud systems will be the center of a new wave of attacks in 2021. In this sense, it predicts “ruthless attacks” to these types of environments , understanding that they are critical launch pads for compromising business networks.

This is evidenced by the Trend Micro predictions report ‘Turning the tide’, which predicts that the trend towards teleworking will consolidate this type of cyberattack and raises a series of recommendations to minimize risks.

“As we begin to enter a post-pandemic world the trend towards telecommuting is likely to continue for many organizations. We anticipate more aggressive attacks on corporate networks and data, ”said David Sancho, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro.

The report warns that end users who regularly access sensitive data will be the most at risk. In this sense, it refers directly to human resources professionals, who access employee data; business managers, who work with sensitive customer information; or senior executives, who manage confidential company numbers.

“Security teams will have to duplicate user training, extended detection and response, and adaptive access controls. Last year was about survival; now is the time for companies to prosper, with comprehensive security in the cloud as the basis “, they add from the company.

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Company IT security teams will need to review work-from-home policies and protections to cope with the complexity of hybrid environments, where work and personal data coexist on a single machine.

As third-party integrations reign, Trend Micro also warns that exposed APIs will become a new attack vector of choice for cybercriminals, as they provide access to sensitive customer data, source code, and client services. ‘back-end’.

Cloud systems are another area where threats will continue to persist in 2021, from unaware users, misconfigurations, and attackers trying to take over cloud servers to deploy malicious container images.

To mitigate threats in 2021, Trend Micro experts recommend encouraging user education and training to extend corporate security best practices to homes, including advice against the use of personal devices.

It also encourages maintaining strict access controls for both corporate networks and the central office and to double the focus on good security practices and patch management programs.

Finally, cybersecurity experts urge increased threat detection with security expertise to protect cloud workloads, emails, endpoints, networks, and servers 24 hours a day.

“Cybercriminals will continue to go where the money is, seeking the greatest financial benefits from their attacks. Organizations and security teams must remain agile and vigilant to stay ahead of criminals ”, they conclude from Trend Micro.

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