Cybersecurity Challenges in 2021: What Lies Ahead?

December 29, 2020

Is there anything in healthcare facilities that COVID-19 has not turned upside down? From upgraded entryways and enhanced housekeeping to staffing issues and bottom-line problems, the new challenges created by the pandemic never seems to end. Among the operations that has seen the greatest challenges in 2020 is information technology, and with cyberattacks on the rise, the issues don’t seem likely to end in 2021, according to Help Net Security, which explored five ways COVID-19 will affect cybersecurity in 2021.

For example, returning to office will create complex cybersecurity challenges. Given the likelihood of widespread vaccinations starting soon, it’s likely that more employees will return to the office in 2021. Having a significant number of employees head back will be the first major cybersecurity trend of 2021 and will result in a number of complex challenges.

Last year, many organizations rushed out work-from-home resources to ensure business continuity, leading to an unprecedented 42 percent jump in the number of U.S. employees working from home full-time as of June. The coronavirus forced the hand of chief information security officers: in some notable cases, security teams had to launch remote work over the weekend to comply with local work-from-home orders.

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