The COVID pandemic has been hard on security teams in 2020. Ransomware attacks increased. Remote work disrupted and weakened security processes. CISOs were forced to adjust their short- and long-term plans. 2021 will be better, right?

Well, it will be different, and some things are likely to become worse. CSO has been following four key trends to project how they might play out in 2021. All have been driven or influenced by the pandemic, which will have a long-lasting impact on the threat landscape and how security teams protect people and assets.

1. Ransomware: Bigger, meaner, smarter

Cybercriminals are opportunists. The pandemic made organizations more vulnerable as they scrambled to cope with the fallout. That made 2020 a boom year for ransomware attacks, mostly in terms of increased volume. Cyberinsurance provider Coalition reports that ransomware accounted for 41% of all cyberinsurance claims filed in the first half of 2020.

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