Increasing cyber attacks in the pandemic threaten the data security of many companies. After 86.2% of companies were exposed to at least one cyber attack in 2021, cyber security investments are more on the agenda. At the CyberDays 2021 Q3 event organized by Berqnet, Bitdefender and Narbulut, the growing cyber security needs due to 5G technologies on the doorstep and increasing IoT devices were discussed.
As the Internet and smart technologies penetrate more into our lives, more and more doors are opened to cyber attacks. While the increased use of technology and smart devices with the pandemic increases the possibility of being exposed to cyber attacks, it becomes a necessity for companies to increase preventive and reparative investments. A cyber threat defense report from 2021 shows that 86% of companies have suffered at least one cyberattack in the past year. Even as companies’ IT security budgets are rising, there are many organizations that fall victim to ransomware. More than half of them had to pay a ransom last year. 28% of ransom payers were unable to recover their data.
In the statement made by Berqnet about the CyberDays 2021 Q3 event held on September 22 with the title “Pandemic, Quarantine and Safe Working Environment”, the following was noted: We undertake to contribute to the increase of awareness and consciousness as a mission. To this end, we organize a free online event every quarter of the year. We discuss the latest developments, trends and the future of the sector in the field of cyber security in the world and in our country, and learn the current developments from the experts. At CyberDays 2021 Q3, attended by more than 250 professionals, we talked about how we can create safe working environments in the shadow of the pandemic.”
How did we get hacked in the pandemic?
In the first session of CyberDays 2021 Q3, Cyber Security Specialist Alper Başaran said, “How did we get hacked in the pandemic?” He made a presentation entitled Pointing out that user, network and system security should be ensured, Başaran stated that cybercrime will reach 10.5 trillion dollars in 2025, equivalent to the world’s 3rd largest economy. Stating that there has been an increase in data theft in addition to ransomware, Başaran said, “Attacks can be carried out in many forms such as phishing, web-based, malicious software. “While 90% of cyber attacks are caused by user errors, phishing is the most common attack,” he said. “Is a passwordless world possible?” from the participants. Answering the question, Başaran stated that a login is required for the systems to talk to each other securely, and that there is a need for verification – whether the name is password or not – for login.
Industries victimized by ransomware: Retail, professional services, government, healthcare
Laykon Information Technologies General Manager Barbaros Akkoyunlu, who was the second expert speaker at CyberDays 2021 Q3, shared important data about ransomware: “As a result of the attacks in 2020, there was a 311% increase in ransom payments. This figure corresponds to 350 million dollars in crypto money. Comparing the first half of 2020 and 2021, there is a 150% increase! The US Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI announced that there are more than 100 types of ransomware.” Stating that SMEs still stand out among the ransomware victims, Akkoyunlu said that the sectors targeted by cybercriminals are retail and professional services, public and health. Akkoyunlu; He explained that to be protected against ransomware, all common attack paths should be covered, and explained different methods such as preventive protection, blocking and prevention, monitoring and early detection, vulnerability patching, user behavior risk monitoring.
“Use of cloud systems will increase by 50% by 2025”
In the 3rd session of CyberDays 2021 Q3, Logo Cyber Security General Manager Hakan Hintoğlu’s presentation took place. Addressing the new security needs arising from multi-branch structures and remote working, Hintoğlu said, “The transition to the remote working model in the pandemic has created new security needs. It is necessary to be able to easily scale multi-branch networks and monitor them from a single center.” Stating that the concept of SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) has started to be talked about more with the increase in corporate systems in the cloud, Hintoğlu said that a single service model that provides network and security services over the cloud will begin to be preferred. “Simplifying management and operation, the SASE concept paves the way for scaling and performance. The concept, which has consistency and less risk regardless of where the users are, stands out with its flexible cost infrastructure. The concept of SASE will hold a very important place in the cyber security sector in the future and we have very important studies in this field, we will put our products on sale soon” said Hintoğlu, adding the free and certified “Cyber for Everyone”, which Berqnet started 6 months ago and attended by more than 10 thousand people. Security” also gave information about the social responsibility project.
Pandemic brings golden age to cloud
The last expert guest of the online event held at the end of each quarter on September 22 was Narbulut Founding Partner Abdurrahim Vural. Vural shared striking statistics about the data increasing at an incredible rate: “Last year, each user produced an average of 1.7 MB of data per second. The data production, which has increased further with the pandemic, is expected to reach a total volume of 200 zetabytes (ZB) in 2025. I should also say that 1 ZB equals 1 trillion GB. To explain the real size of this data: 33 ZB of data can be downloaded in 181.3 million years with an average speed of 46 Mbps! Parallel to this growth, data storage products are also developing. External storage options that started with cartridges and floppy disks are now moving to the cloud.” Vural said that among the main causes of data loss are human error, viruses, software errors and cyber attacks, 25% of end users experience data loss every year and 94% of companies that experience major data loss cannot survive, 43% never reopen. , and 51% close within two years.” Explaining how data losses are experienced over different topologies, Vural shared the measures that companies can take with small budgets. Talking about the advantages of the cloud in data management, Vural said, “COVID-19 caused cloud computing to experience the golden age.” Saying that cyber attacks increased simultaneously, Vural stated that during the pandemic, harmful e-mails increased by 600% and malware by 75%.