5 New Challenges for Cybersecurity in 2021/2022



Challenges of the cybersecurity industry are as dynamic as the field itself. The cybersecurity landscape is ever-changing as new technologies emerge and transform businesses' measures to secure their networks.


Whether it's the Internet of Things (IoT) growing in size and scale or the introduction of 5G technology, businesses across all industries must encourage their IT departments to enhance their cybersecurity infrastructure and provide relevant training to all important decision-makers in the company.


Businesses must secure their assets and ensure that their staff is always ready to respond to a cyber-attack if they want to move forward securely and prevent losses at the hands of cyber-criminals or malicious threat actors. Generally speaking, as time goes on, cybersecurity threats become more complex as malicious actors become smarter. So now is the time to implement preventive measures and guarantee protection against cybercrime! Contact Ascentrix Consulting today for more information.


Five challenges that will impact the cybersecurity industry in the latter half of 2021 and in 2022:

1. Adapting to a Remote Workforce

It's no secret that there's been a significant increase in the number of people working remotely. As the pandemic continues to impact communities across the globe, many companies are deciding to adopt hybrid work models if they reopen their offices or are settling for a remote workforce.

Because of a distributed work environment, the cybersecurity risks for remote employees increase in number and scale. Remote employees who use their home networks have a much greater chance of becoming victims of security breaches.


2. Emerging 5G Applications

When 5G was ushered in this past year, many industries were looking to benefit from its uses, whether it's cell phone companies offering it to their customers or manufacturers looking to improve operational efficiency.

5G will increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless communications, and the future is looking bright for the new technology.

However, new technologies come with new risks to address, and cybersecurity professionals need to look for potential threats against these evolved networks.


3. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Attacks

The world of blockchain and cryptocurrency is growing rapidly and attracting more interest that ever. As crypto transactions are digital, it's only natural that cybersecurity measures need to be taken to protect against instances of identity theft, security breaches, and other potential threats.


4. Internet of Things (IoT) Attacks

For those unaware of the Internet of Things (IoT), it's essentially the interconnection of physical objects using various sensors that communicate with each other. As more data is transmitted between devices, gaps may exist, which leaves room for hackers or other cybercriminals to exploit information.

While connected devices are known for their convenience and intelligence, it's clear that it opens up more opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of networks. Companies need to stay ahead of the curve by implementing a stable cybersecurity infrastructure and dedicated IT department as the world becomes increasingly interconnected.


5. Phishing Scams

Though more people are becoming digitally literate, phishing is still a threat for cybersecurity professionals globally. For example, the COVID-19 vaccine has sparked an uptick in potential phishing attacks, making it a challenge to look out for in the latter half of 2021. There have been reports of fake vaccination emails going around, and unfortunately, online users are still falling victim to phishing scams. Companies can protect their employees by implementing access control guidelines, even when they're working from home.


Keep your company safe and secure, contact Ascentrix Consulting today for more information.