2021 Threat Report

Four Key Trends In The Cyber-Threat Landscape

Published February 2021


The sudden and wide-scale transformation to remote and hybrid working last year changed the digital landscape overnight, and introduced heightened risks and new challenges. Well-established procedures were quickly rewritten, best practices rethought, and policies stretched to breaking point.

Business transformation is always a security risk. New technology and working practices need new security measures, but normally the risk is managed carefully, and over time. Unsurprisingly, cyber-criminals were quick to capitalize on the unforeseen nature of the changes brought about by COVID-19, exploiting not only the overnight changes in working practices, but also the general sense of fear and uncertainty, with pandemic-related phishing emails and social engineering playing a key part in changes to the cyber-threat landscape.

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