Cyber Security threats we can face during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cyber Security threats we can face during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In present times none of our generations alive in the world has ever experienced a pandemic like COVID-19. As the effects of the Coronavirus are felt around the world, whatever industry you are in, you are undoubtedly concerned about the biological, economic and cybersecurity threat of the novel coronavirus. As we are all distracted by the global health crisis, cybercriminals are taking advantage of this situation in many ways. According to CSO event india implementing work-from-home has increased exposure to various cybersecurity risks that cybercriminals have opted swiftly to exploit.

The government is busy with public health-related concerns at the same time cyber attackers are misusing names of health organizations (for example WHO etc.) and other government entities, in malicious email campaigns designed to invoke fear, hoping to trigger action that will provide them the opportunity to gain access to systems and sensitive information. Details and circumstances related to COVID-19 are changing constantly and the impulse to collect and share data to help stop its spread can be strong. Most attacks are initiated through social engineering and could lead to credential theft, financial fraud, privacy breach and more.

Major Cybersecurity threats we can face during the COVID-19 pandemic:-

  • Fear and Urgency
  • Increased Attack Surface
  • Fake Domains
  • Phishing Attacks
  • Use of Familiar Brands/Trademarks
  • Sophisticated Attackers
  • Malware

 

Social distancing recommendations to restrict the spread of coronavirus have sent workforce to homes. People working from home should be aware of how to detect and react to phishing frauds, and other types of cyber-attacks. If they act immediately and thoroughly, then cybercrime damage costs can be contained and kept at the current level. Hackers are actively targeting companies that launched a work from home policy in response to the coronavirus outbreak by exploiting outdated virtual private networks, a lack of multi-factor authentication, and insecure at home servers. Organizations recommend employees work remotely there is an increased use of mobile devices and remote access to core business systems. Challenges for companies due to work from home are as follow:-

  • Sensitive Information
  • The strain on IT Staff
  • VPN Security
  • Unmanaged Devices
  • Lack of Monitoring
  • Insecure Wi-Fi

 

Along with work from home a number of organizations are turning to unsecured communications platforms for video conferencing, malicious cyber attackers are hijacking online meetings that are not secured with passwords or that use unpatched software. To avoid being a victim of social engineering in the office or at home always note that verifies the domain name of the websites you visit or that are revealed in embedded links. For example, www.microsoft.com and www.support.microsoft.software.com are two different domains. (Only the first is real). Do not “unsubscribe” -it is easier to delete the e-mail than to deal with the security risks. Check the email ‘From’ field to validate the sender. This ‘From’ address may be spoofed. Report all suspicious emails to your Information Technology help desk. Don’t respond or reply to spam in any way. Use the delete button. Avoid opening any email attachments that end with: .exe, .scr, .bat, .com or other executable files you do not recognize. Do not “unsubscribe” -it is easier to delete the e-mail than to deal with the security risks.

 

Author Bio:

Maxwell Donovan wrote this article. He works for a Conference company. His prime task is to find out the right audience for the conferences and other business events. These conferences and events are primarily held at top conference venues in India. If you want to organize a conference or a b2b meeting for your target company, please visit their website.

 

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