Product companies always deal with unfamiliar situations. Since companies are running their operations remotely, opportunistic threat actors have increased their attacks which has increased the importance of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity During Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important that pre-emptive steps are taken to ensure the security of your business operations. Cyber attackers are more active than ever and are exploiting human nature and system vulnerabilities.
While working from home, employees and systems may be exposed to lost WiFi networks and unsecured devices. Security professionals are facing a unique set of challenges during this time and have already begun to see the consequences of coronavirus-themed threats.
Cyberattacks During COVID-19
Remote Work Policies
Establish and communicate clear remote work policies, including guidelines for secure access, device management, and data handling. Continuously update your security policies and procedures to adapt to evolving threats and circumstances.
Follow Organization’s Security Guidelines
Only keep official data on work computers, do not click on any unknown link from unknown senders
Use VPN Services
A VPN ensures your data will be encrypted, regardless of the network settings.
Regular Software Updates
Ensure all software, including security and operating systems, is updated with the latest patches.
Add an extra security checkpoint, such as confirming a login via password via Okta authentication, Google authenticator, Yubikey, etc.
This will prevent unauthorized access to data in case a device is lost.
You can erase application data if the device goes missing.
Be aware of the threats from phishing attacks, malware, and viruses associated with COVID-19
Enforce strong password policies and encourage password changes, especially for remote access accounts.
Implement email filtering and phishing protection mechanisms to reduce the risk of social engineering attacks.
According to a “Markets & Markets” report, the cybersecurity market will grow from $183.2 billion in 2019 to $230 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 12% amidst COVID-19.
FortiGuard Labs has reported 600 new phishing campaigns daily, a 131% increase in March 2020 as compared to last year.
COVID-19 Related Threats in Q1, 2020
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