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January 6, 2021 44 min

We like to look forward at Ping, even when the view isn’t always rosy. So for our first episode of 2021, we take a look at predictions by top security firms to give us an idea what to expect in network security for the coming year. After all, knowing is half the battle when it comes to preparation. Andrew and Kevin talk ransomware, AI-enhanced phishing, remote work related dangers, and more as we ring – or ping – in the new year.

Find predictions from WatchGuard: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/cyber-security-predictions-2021,
Sophos: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/press-office/press-releases/2020/11/sophos-threat-report-flags-ransomware.aspx,
Fortinet: https://www.fortinet.com/blog/threat-research/new-cybersecurity-threat-predictions-for-2021
and Barracuda: https://lp.barracuda.com/BEU-AMER-WBN-20210107-SAppSec-2021-applications-security-predictions_LP-Registration1.html.  

In our headlines segment, we follow up with the latest on the federal government/FireEye/SolarWinds/Russia hack, discuss why fear may not be the answer for cybersecure employees, and a new form of swatting using doorbell and security cameras.

See the stories:

SolarWinds hack may be much worse than originally feared

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/2/22210667/solarwinds-hack-worse-government-microsoft-cybersecurity

Why Companies Should Stop Scaring Employees About Cybersecurity

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-companies-should-stop-scaring-employees-about-cybersecurity-11607364000

FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’

https://threatpost.com/fbi-warn-home-security-devices-swatting/162678/

Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.

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Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!

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