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2020 Cyber Security Report

The year 2020 has already provided sufficient data flows and events in the plane of the world wide web to allow the specialists from Social Links to identify and analyze the main trends emerging and developing from the point of view of cybersecurity.

The following are three of the main aspects most relevant to the operations of Social Links that have been identified in the course of analysis of operations over the year and can be highlighted as separate trends.

1. Social engineering. The given trend relates to the activities of cybercriminals when they receive the personal data of employees and then use their credentials and personal information to penetrate organizations. The use of employees' data for hacking corporate networks and gaining access to confidential information is a dangerous trend that has been on the rise over the year.
2. Theft of company data by their employees. The theft of corporate data by company personnel with nefarious intentions. The subsequent sale of the stolen data on the Darknet is the main aim of such activities.
3. Mobile & Cloud Security. All the data in cloud storage, in addition to the technical means of its protection, is the responsibility of the data's owners. Unfortunately, users do not pay much attention to the protection of their data and take very few steps to safeguard it properly.

A report was released on the results of 2020 and was compared with an analogous report for the year 2019. The main differences in trends can be identified as follows:
Cybersecurity reports:

1.2019 Top-5

Trend 1: Better Defense and Products - 35% of Respondents
Trend 2: The Human Factor - 31% of Respondents
Trend 3: Compliance - 25% of Respondents
Trend 4: The Company and Board Engaging with the Security Team – 18% of Respondents
Trend 5: Automation and Machine Learning - 18% of Respondents

2.2020 Top-5

Trend 1: The Impact of COVID-19 - 30% of Respondents
Trend 2: The Cloud - 26% of Respondents
Trend 3: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - 25% of Respondents
Trend 4: The Human Element - 24% of Respondents
Trend 5: Phishing - 18% of Respondents

We have contributed our opinions to the formulation of the report for the year 2020 and are extremely grateful to our colleagues for their request for our assistance in providing the necessary data. The result is an excellent document that highlights the main trends and vulnerabilities of cybersecurity systems, and one that is certain to act as a guideline for many companies in deciding on the course of developing
their data security strategies.

We have contributed our opinions to the formulation of the report for the year 2020 and are extremely grateful to our colleagues for their request for our assistance in providing the necessary data. The result is an excellent document that highlights the main trends and vulnerabilities of cybersecurity systems, and one that is certain to act as a guideline for many companies in deciding on the course of developing
their data security strategies.

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/white-papers/state-of-cybersecurity-report-2020/
In large, we at Social Links agree with the results of the report and would like to underscore the increase in human-related risks in the year 2020. The pandemic has created several new directions in cybersecurity and made trends 4 and 5 especially relevant. The trends highlight the fact that people are a greater vulnerability than computer systems, and they cannot be fully secured or predicted.

The presence of cloud storage among the trends is notable, as it also includes social networks. In Digital Forensics our area is often called Cloud Forensics. It may be called OSINT and SOCMINT as well, but the bottom line that is all of these terms relate to the examination and analysis of cloud data, be it in social networks or any other cloud medium. Social Links is engaged in all of these directions
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It is also logical that AI and ML have entered the Top-5, considering that they have been there for two years in a row. Both of these technologies are heavily relied upon for word and face recognition, so we predict that their relevance will only increase and their place in the Top-5 is solidified. All of the trends noted in the report are applied by Social Links to enable investigations in Open Source, Social Media and Darknet.
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