With the Corona-virus dominating the news cycle, and governments ramping up their efforts to combat the virus to protect their citizens, the pandemic provides a perfect backdrop for cyber-attacks. The increasing demand for information regarding the pandemic creates a vulnerability that malicious actors have quickly taken advantage of to gain unauthorized access to information and hosting systems. These malicious individuals employ several vectors to launch their attacks with the most popular being through phishing and other related social-engineering activities, some of which are listed:
Companies and individuals should, therefore, brace themselves for increased attempts of these natures during this time. To reduce the likelihood of falling victim to any of these attacks, you should endeavour to practice good cybersecurity habits:
Another popular attack will be on remote services due to the increasing need for service continuity by facilitating “work from home.” The rush to implement solutions to facilitate “work from home” will also increase the attack surface and likelihood of system compromise.
These attacks on remote services can come in the form of:
Organizations should take precautions as below:
The tips given here are meant to make you aware that while making the decisions are much more than the flip of a switch, but if properly planned can be seamless.
Despite all the precautions the priority must always be to protect human lives, so stay safe and protect yourselves and each other by practicing good hygiene and maintain recommended social distancing.
Andrew is a Director with Symptai Consulting Limited, a leader in information security assurance and advisory services. Andrew’s has responsibility for Efficiency, Growth, Innovation and Disruption. He has over twenty-five (25) years of experience in information systems administration, audit and security assessments.
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