Continued attacks from nation-states, new strains of ransomware, domestic political turmoil, and the reality that it will take several months for the COVID-19 pandemic to resolve will make it a challenging year for security pros. Today’s columnist, Mick Baccio of Splunk, offers some insights on how to manage the year ahead. Palacio do Planalto CreativeCommons (Credit: CC BY 2.0)

The threat landscape as we knew it was one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital transformation has accelerated rapidly across the board – bringing with it a myriad of new technologies and new processes to support the shift to a distributed, work-from-home environment.

Yes, 2020 was a year that put immense pressure on cybersecurity teams, but in 2021, following the SolarWinds hack, increased ransomware threats, domestic political turmoil, and months before enough people are vaccinated and people go back to work – it will only get worse.

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