Despite a year marked by massive change and upheaval, some argue the nature of most cybersecurity threats will continue to show broad consistency with previous years. Ransomware and banking Trojans are incredibly popular, phishing remains the easiest means to achieve initial entry, cloud providers have gigantic targets on their back and cybercriminals continue to take advantage of vulnerabilities new and old as patching and incident response lags.

In August, Microsoft released the results of a sprawling survey of 800 business leaders in the U.S., United Kingdom, India and Germany to determine how the pandemic was affecting their cybersecurity priorities. The data shows that “an alarming number of businesses” are still impacted by rudimentary phishing scams, security budgets and hiring needs. The top five investments since the virus struck are multi-factor authentication tools, endpoint device protections, anti-phishing tools, VPNs and end user security education.

While the details may change, many of the most relevant cyber threats of 2021 may not look dramatically different from previous years.

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