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Keeping You Safe Online: 5 Cybercrime Trends to Watch for in 2021

October 26, 2020

If there's one interesting thing that came out of 2020, it's the new work-from-home economy. Before the pandemic, telecommuting was not that common. Now, it's become a part of the 'new normal'.

This type of work environment has its perks, but is it the safest option for your business? If you or your employees are working from home, then you need to get informed about cybercrime. Otherwise, you could be leaving the back door open for nefarious criminals.

Not sure where to start or what trends to watch for? We've got you covered! Read on to learn about 5 cybercrime trends that are likely to grow in 2021.

1. DDoS Attacks

If you're not new to cybersecurity, then you already know about DDoS attacks. A distributed denial-of-service attack overwhelms your server by overloading it with traffic. Some traffic may be real hackers, while others are bot armies.

These security threats have been around for years, but they're getting more powerful. Don't make the mistake of neglecting to include them as a serious threat in 2021.

2. Ransomware

Imagine if a hacker scooped up all your business's data including customer information. Then, the nefarious actor demands payment if you ever hope to see your data again.

This situation's called ransomware. Hackers targeted hospitals, schools, and even city governments this year. Due to their success, you can expect attacks to increase next year. Experts say ransomware attacks could happen every 11 seconds throughout 2021.

3. AI-Fueled Attacks

We've all dreaded the day that technology turns against us. For some of us, that day's already arrived. Artificial intelligence (AI) is now getting used to fuel cybercrime attacks.

These attacks are more sophisticated, so you need to ensure you're prepared.

4. Deepfake Videos and Fake Accounts

Deepfake videos are an emerging threat. This technology allows criminals to create fake content using your image. It's almost impossible to distinguish a real video from a deepfake.

In the same way, criminals are creating fake social media accounts to impersonate you.

5. Encryption-Cracking Supercomputers

Supercomputers are more than high-powered machines in 2020. Today's supercomputers have moved into the quantum realm. These computers can now solve calculations and codes faster than we'd ever imagined.

The problem with this is that supercomputers can now break most encryption codes. Don't believe us? Google's latest computer has the potential to break Bitcoin encryption in only seconds!

Right now, it's assumed that criminals don't have access to this type of tech. Like all things, it will fall into the wrong hands at some point. Use this information to update your threat management plan today.

Cybercrime in 2021

Cybercrime never stops, so don't expect 2021 to be any different in that regard. In fact, you should prepare yourself and your business for an increase in attacks. The pandemic has only made us more vulnerable to this type of crime.

Are you looking for a security solution you can trust? At Alura, we know that the pandemic has increased security risks. We're here to help you overcome them. Reach out to our professionals now to learn more about how to protect yourself and your business.

Our technological expertise and extensive experience allow us to work with virtually any system, enabling you to meet your specific goals and objectives–no matter how complex they may be. We pride ourselves on offering sophisticated solutions that other, smaller IT firms simply cannot offer, outfitting your company with a reliable support system as your needs expand and evolve. Alura Business Solutions provide services including but not limited to: Carrier Solutions, Bandwidth Solutions, Phone Solutions, Wiring Solutions, Client Access IT Solutions

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