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Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know

By Sofía Hanna | Fri, 12/04/2020 - 08:00

Cybersecurity has been a rising issue since 2017, when attacks started to double in quantity and pace. Amid the new digital normal at the workplace, schools and even healthcare, many companies and services are unaware of potential attacks and the consequences this could have on their business.

Digitalization brings a lot of advantages as we have been seen over the past months, but it also brings new threats and issues that did not worry companies as much before. Cyberattacks not only mean the loss of valuable information, as they can put at risk capital and the company's operation, according to a Forbes article. The issue with cyberattacks is the lack of knowledge in this area.

Sophos is one of the companies that deals with cybersecurity. It manages a remote team that identifies and neutralizes active cyberattacks. In an interview we had with Alejandra García, Country Director at Sophos, she explained that the way to protect companies is via a software service that allows fast adoption of new security solutions that can be reached through the cloud. At the same time, companies need to acknowledge that once the pandemic came, most of them were not prepared to respond to cyberthreats. 

"The overprovisioning of access and resources in the cloud and a lack of auditing, can make cloud environments more vulnerable to cyber threats and malware is about as bad in the cloud as it is everywhere else," states Sophos 2021 threat report. According to the company, security breaches are due to malware (34 percent), exposed data (29 percent), ransomware (28 percent), account compromise (25 percent) and cryptojacking (17 percent). 

Healthcare is one of the industries going through cybersecurity changes. In a previous MBN interview with Jesus Díaz, CIO of Christus Muguerza, he mentioned that the main goal has been to protect healthcare information according to the standards defined by law. However, this has been a slow process in Mexico because of the lack of regulatory processes. This implies making more mistakes that could risk the security needed. Díaz also mentioned that the government is building a digital healthcare ecosystem in Mexico but having an open dialogue between the participating entities will be essential for this process to move forward. 

In a Forbes article, Sophos highlights certain elements companies need to consider regarding cybersecurity:

  • The speed at which ransomware are advancing 
  • New ways of extortion, including “secondary extorsion” 
  • New threats arising from remote work vulnerabilities
  • The impact of cybersecurity on business and how awareness can help the issue become manageable
The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Forbes, Sophos, MBN
Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst