If you haven’t secured your network, you’d be surprised how easy it is to break into, especially if you work from home and are distracted 24/7. Cybersecurity is a real concern, so you’re probably wondering which network security gadgets you should buy to protect yourself. Don’t worry; we’ve got answers for you, along with an overview of the state of cybersecurity in 2021.

Looking to enhance your network security in 2021? It’s a good idea, especially since security keys, encrypted routers, and Wi-Fi security devices really can help you thwart a cybercriminal. So if you’re wondering which cybersecurity gadgets should you buy in 2021, you’re in the right place. But to understand which devices you should invest in, it helps to know exactly what the threats are. So before we delve into our shopping guide, let’s take a look at the state of cyber attacks right now.

We wrote extensively about what is and isn’t a cyberattack last year. But where does it all stand this year? Experts say that the threat has only grown more sophisticated due to emerging technologies like machine learning, 5G, and artificial intelligence. There’s even cooperation between hacker groups and state actors to worry about. The attacks are diverse, and with the landscape always changing, it’s important to know how cybercrime is evolving.

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware was on the decline in 2018, but don’t get too excited; many companies simply pay the ransom, which can be expensive. In early 2020, an attack on the New Orleans city government cost the city over $50 million. Overall, in 2019–2020, the average global cost to redress a ransomware attack was $751,106. That’s a lot of money if you’re a small business or an individual. What’s even more alarming is that nation-states can be involved in these attacks and their aims aren’t always monetary. Investigations have shown that the Wanna Cry and NotPetya ransomware attacks that began in 2017, but whose effects lasted well into 2020, were organized by nation-state actors. Some of the top causes of ransomware attacks come from phishing emails, weak passwords, and lack of training.