The outbreak of COVID-19 is changing the current situation of the economy, creating confusion for industries such as retail, tourism, aviation, and transportation. The virus also severely affected the supply chain and manufacturing, forcing a large number of companies to close permanently or temporarily. In addition, the balance between supply and demand is fragile, and when both sides are hit, deeper problems are exposed. One example of the impact on the economy is the change in people’s behavior. People avoid contact with the public and stay away from large events, public transportation, shopping centers, restaurants, flights, etc. These voluntary restrictions on outside contact also affect work. In order to protect the health of employees and the company itself, some companies that have never done remote work now also start working remotely.
LIFARS is now offering Remote Worker Cyber Resilience Service to help your organization overcome the cybersecurity difficulties your remote workers are facing. Our Gap Analysis testing, as well as remediation guidance for your remote work cyber-infrastructure, can help to protect your remote workers from cyber attacks.
Thus, the restrictions on outside contact create opportunities for threat and state-backed attackers to take advantage of the increasing attack surface and new market segments. If people choose to deal with life and work online (rather than face to face), more online accounts are created. In this case, account takeovers, credit card fraud, ransomware, preemption of inventory, service interruptions, etc. are more likely to occur. What’s more, people’s panic and craving for news have also become breeding grounds for malware. The followings are 7 cybersecurity lessons we should take away from the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Fresh Opportunities for Criminals: This crisis offers cybercriminals a slew of new opportunities to launch phishing campaigns around an ordinary threat or humanitarian disaster
- Home Workers Are Targeted: Increase in the number of cyberattacks on computers and unprotected home networks used for remote working due to the spread of coronavirus.
- Keep Training Employees: As phishing attacks are on the rise, it is important to make sure remote workers are trained and that they have regular reminders about phishing attacks.
- Increase Malicious Infrastructure: The increase in the registration of webpages relating to the coronavirus is suggesting that cybercriminals are likely to be taking advantage of the outbreak.
- Criminals Impersonate WHO, CDC: Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO or CDC officers to steal money or sensitive information, such as your personal information.
- Essential Organizational Defenses: Ensure organizations step up their defenses, both for protecting employees as well as protecting its customers and partners from any insider accounts.
- Home Device Security Essentials: Deploy effective antivirus and email filtering software and other security software to identify and monitor for unusual activity.
LIFARS, known globally as a leading incident response and forensics services firm, sees that cybersecurity teams are stretched thin as they respond to emergency requests to adapt their cyber environment to allow for business continuity – diverting them from their primary function: protecting the enterprise from cyber attacks. LIFARS has contributed to the Department of Justice Indictments, related to Ransomware case and Nation-State attacks, and has broad connections with law enforcement agencies. We also have a highly experienced team with ties to NATO.