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FEATURE ARTICLES

2021 technology trends that business continuity managers need to be aware of
Michael Wood, CMO at Versa Networks, looks ahead to 2021 and the technology trends that he expects will impact on the way that organizations provision IT and manage security…
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Looking forward to 2021: high availability in a rapidly changing IT landscape
2020 has been a year of change and often intense pressure on technology teams. Cassius Rhue looks ahead to 2021 and considers how organizations may use 2020 as a springboard for further development in the areas of high availability and disaster recovery.
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Software and security testing predictions for 2021
Software and applications issues are often found to be the root cause of downtime, making testing an essential aspect of resilience. In this article Neil Cameron and Miguel Marques share their software testing and security testing predictions for 2021.
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2021 business continuity, risk management, and resilience predictions
This section of Continuity Central collates all the news pieces and articles that have been published recently which look ahead to 2021 and make predictions for how various areas of business continuity, risk management, and resilience may develop.
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Organizations risk failing cyber security assessments on home networks protection
With various levels of lockdowns in place in many European countries, are smaller companies fighting a losing battle when it comes to renewing cyber security certification? Richard Hughes believes this is the case…
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Cyber security in 2021: four predictions for how the threat landscape will develop
Despite the clear and present danger that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, most organizations are aware that cyber threats are a top long term issue that needs to be addressed. In this article Avesta Hojjati looks at four cyber threat areas that will develop in 2021.
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Why the public sector is an increasing target for cyber criminals
The public sector is vulnerable to cyber attacks and a crippling attack on a major public sector organization is a real risk for 2021. Steve Robinson explains why this is the case and what public sector organizations need to do to mitigate the risk.
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NEWS ARTICLES

Global ‘spam wave’ could be a sign of a test of a new attack vector
A vast spam wave is sweeping across the world, sparking fears that cybercriminals are testing a new tool that’s destined to become a major threat to businesses and consumers in 2021.
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SolarWinds compromise highlights the threat of attacks on trusted business software
CISA, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, has issued a warning about the ‘active exploitation of SolarWinds Orion Platform software versions 2019.4 HF 5 through 2020.2.1 HF 1, released between March 2020 and June 2020’.
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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence issues guidance on ‘securing data integrity against ransomware attacks’
NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released two new guides to assist organizations with ransomware protection. Written in collaboration with members of the business community and vendors of cybersecurity solutions the guides offer ‘example solutions to address the data integrity challenges posed by ransomware and other destructive events’.
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How prepared are organizations for a surge in DNS threats over the holiday period?
Neustar, Inc., has released a new report from the Neustar International Security Council (NISC) which explores the rise in DNS security threats over the peak retail period. With more people shopping online than ever before amid the pandemic, 78 percent of cyber security professionals said they expect to see an increase in DNS-related security threats over the next month.
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Survey reveals organizations’ security priorities for 2021 and beyond
Check Point has released the findings of a new survey, which shows organizations’ key cyber security priorities and challenges through to 2023, and highlights the changes to their security strategies forced by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.
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2021: organizations will begin to focus on cyber resilience
Jon Fielding, Managing Director EMEA, Apricorn looks ahead to the cyber landscape in 2021 and predicts that it will be the year that organizations start to fully embrace cyber resilience...
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Infrastructure-led innovation will drive enterprise resilience in a post-pandemic world says Gartner
Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders who embrace infrastructure-led innovation will drive greater enterprise resilience, according to Gartner, Inc., especially as growing digital ambitions compete with ongoing economic uncertainty.
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Five predictions for how ransomware attacks will develop in 2021
The business of ransomware boomed during 2020 and this trend is expected to continue through 2021. With certain patterns already developing, data integrity company Index Engines makes the following predictions for the effects of ransomware in 2021...
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Cyberthreats Report predicts a ‘year of extortion’ in 2021
Acronis has released its 2020 Acronis Cyberthreats Report, an in-depth review of the current threat landscape and projections for the coming year. Based on the protection and security challenges that were amplified by the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Acronis warns that 2021 will bring aggressive cybercrime activity as criminals pivot their attacks from data encryption to data exfiltration.
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How will the 2021 data storage landscape develop?
Scality made a number of data storage predictions for 2021, focusing on the rapid growth rate of cloud-native apps and containerisation. 2021 will see a number of trends emerge as enterprise IT teams and storage vendors adapt in order to support the rise of cloud-native apps and the subsequent change in application and cloud infrastructure models, according to the company.
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Emerging cyber threats in 2021 require a new approach to security
HP has released its 2021 predictions on how security threats are likely to develop during the next 12 months. Human-operated ransomware, thread hijacking, unintentional insider threats, business email compromise, and whaling attacks are all highlighted as areas which will grow.
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