From remote working via file-sharing platforms, to keeping in contact with communications solutions, the coronavirus outbreak has required people to depend more heavily on technology than ever before. While these innovative options are enabling organisations to maintain business processes and ensure workflow is not disrupted, their use and the unique climate are raising a new selection of obstacles and potential threats for security professionals to contend with.
Rising levels of cybercrime
Recent warnings issued by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have reported a dramatic increase in fraudulent activity centred around the coronavirus pandemic. A large majority of phishing tactics employed by threat actors have used COVID-19-related content to achieve their goals of stealing user credentials and distributing malware throughout enterprise networks.
Targeted attacks on businesses have also been recorded, with the use of ransomware attacks showing a steep rise. Cybercriminals are exploiting the urgent need for organisations and institutions to have constant access to their data in order to operate effectively during the crisis. Desperate to protect or regain control of their sensitive or vital information many companies targeted may be more willing to pay ransoms demanded. Recent alerts from Interpol have indicated there is a risk of attacks increasing on medical facilities, with smaller health centres seen as prime targets and the most vulnerable due to their often weaker security systems.
While NCSC reports indicated that coronavirus-themed strategies now make up a larger proportion of attacks, cybercrime has not seen an overall increase. Although currently this means attacks are being deployed by existing hackers and cyber criminals, there is a possibility that the increase in lockdown measures may drive criminals who would normally work in the physical world online to execute their scams and schemes digitally.
Vulnerabilities of remote working
Lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines implemented by governments across the globe have meant many employees are now carrying out their roles remotely in their own homes. To perform their duties effectively, employees may need to access company networks from personal devices, which presents a new level of security risk for enterprises.
Secure access must be established to safeguard company data, ranging from personnel and client information, to confidential details on projects. Working remotely demands digital communication and security professionals must ensure all channels used are secure to avoid any company data leaks.
At Galaxkey, we have developed a security platform that answers all data protection needs. Using a three-layer encryption model, our comprehensive solution offers enterprises a secure system for safeguarding documents and emails containing sensitive or private information. This cutting-edge encryption makes certain all data can only be accessed by authorised users, which means if your remote storage device is lost or a network account is infiltrated, all your content is safe from harm. Additionally, our platform provides personnel with a safe way to communicate and collaborate with both colleagues and clients while working remotely.
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