COVID-19 is changing our lives drastically. The threats in the cyber world have also increased by an exponential ratio. CyberSecurity has always remained vulnerable to the whim of hackers abusing it due to limited awareness across the world. The limited exposure of some paired with the unlimited tactics of hackers and attackers make the cyber world a criminal hotbed.
Changing dynamics during COVID-19 include people working from home. These employees belong to valuable organisations across various industries. Some of these businesses may even have access to the private data of hundreds of people. Employees, as well as employers, lack the right training to go forward with their remote working practices. This is due to the fact that this is a new development and people are predisposed to panic in such situations.
Meanwhile, the business ISP specialist Beaming has revealed that within the first quarter of 2020 the volume of cyber-attacks on UK businesses increased by almost a third.
This number, in reality, is a lot bigger than what is reported. Also, we are now headed towards the end of the second quarter.
The Beaming analysts identified 394,000 unique IP addresses used to attack UK businesses in the first quarter of 2020. They concluded that there are around 157,000 attacks on average. This means that there is more than 1 per minute, throughout this year.
The data collected for research has shown most of these attacks connected to the conditions created under COVID-19. This rate of attack is at least 30% higher than in 2019 before the virus.
According to Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming: “The record levels of cyber-attacks on UK businesses experienced during the second half of last year were maintained in the first three months of 2020, with companies being attacked more than once every minute on average.
“Businesses of all sizes need to take the threat seriously and take sensible steps to improve their resilience to attack, particularly now that the risk is magnified with so many people working from home.”
Last Quarter of 2020 and the National Lockdown
Extorting big firms for trade secrets and stolen data is common practice among cyberattackers. However, there are a lot of ways to combat that. Remember that knowledge is power. Knowing how to prevent any legal or criminal damages is the first step to prevention. And Seers is always here to help you with it.
Under the light of the new lockdown in effect this month, the environment in which your workforce may be working in needs protection upgrades. Use Seers to prepare them with the necessary tools and techniques to prevent attacks, breaches and negligence.
Outsource a DPO, create a work from home policy and Train your staff to be ready for the work demands during this lockdown without fear. The time is critical, but your compliance strategy should not be as complicated. Compliance is only a few clicks away. You can get by with a little help by Seers.