How Covid-19 increases Cyber Risks

Phishing attacks and
awareness

Since COVID-19 appeared, hackers take advantage of both a lack of cyber awareness and an increased attention for the virus-related news. Numerous emails and websites attract visitors with information to protect from the coronavirus pandemic. But many of them are scams that push malware or aim to steal passwords and personal information. The number of cyberattacks have increase exponentially, exploiting the desire of people to get informed.

Example: Corona-virus-Map.com.exe., malware file infecting PC’s to steal passwords.

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Unsecured work from home
practices

Remote work presents a unique challenge for information security because remote work environments don’t usually have the same safeguards as in the office. 

When computers leave the office perimeter and your employees access your data and/or databases remotely, the risk to that data grows. Companies must consider the consequences of working from home in terms of access to systems and internal IT infrastructure, bandwidth costs and data repatriation. 

Several risks related to IT security activities delivery get intensified:

  1. Disruption caused by providers being overwhelmed and unavailable to deliver their services
  2. Security breach caused by security administration functions forbidden to be performed on remote and therefore not realized anymore
  3. Failure of remote access VPN connection due to insufficient capacity

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