COVID-19 has changed the security landscape and introduced new cyber risks that businesses must face. These cybersecurity threats have emerged from the increase of employees working from home and the increase of cyber criminals attempting to breach networks and steal valuable information and data. Despite these cyber risks, organizations can prepare and protect their employees, customers, and information.
The Cybersecurity Threats from COVID-19
The new cyber risks businesses face are extensive, but these are some of the most common attacks to be prepared for:
- Spam email about COVID-19. Attackers may email pretending to be the CDC or another official organization and spread false information. Or the attacker could ask for money or gift cards in order to deal with a COVID-19 crisis.
- Websites claiming to be official health authorities. Some fake websites may claim that they are an official on the crisis and will spread false information and malicious malware. This attack can also happen through an app.
- New ransomware called “CoronaVirus.” This ransomware comes through phishing websites. The “CoronaVirus” will overwrite the Master Boot Record of the hard disk and name it “CoronaVirus.” In addition, it will perform the deletion of volume shadow copies.
Protecting Against Cybersecurity Threats
Organizations must be prepared to deal with these new cyber risks to protect information, data, and privacy. Security should perform vulnerability scans weekly or fortnightly and make sure to monitor network activity on devices daily, even those devices used by work-from-home employees. In addition, it can be extremely beneficial to run awareness campaigns for remote employees to reduce the chances one might open a spam email or download “CoronaVirus.”
Use the infographic to explore more security measures to mitigate the cyber risks from COVID-19. These simple precautions can help protect businesses and employees from potentially malicious cyber threats and stolen information. In addition, utilizing managed services during this time can help cover more aspects of protection from these cyber risks and dangers that can’t be monitored in-house. It can be impossible to protect every aspect of a network from cyber risks without outside help, so managed services can be effective and productive to use.