Hackers love the Coronavirus – what can you do about it?

Veridium Editor | March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has brought with it a whole host of new issues and concerns for businesses and the wider community. It is indeed worrying times with rapidly changing scenarios, advice and understandably the worry for loved ones.

But critically from a business perspective the old worries haven’t simply disappeared whilst we focus on protecting our revenues, work streams and employees.

Step forward the hacker!

Hackers love a crisis!

Whatever the motivation of a hacker, remember that they still exist, and many will be using the current chaos and situation to their advantage. Whether their intention is to steal funds, release valuable customer data or hold a company to ransom, they haven’t gone anywhere,

And in fact, we are now seeing evidence of Coronavirus related attacks stepping up.

Hackers are running amok

Hackers exist to find and exploit vulnerabilities and weaknesses in various systems. And the sudden increase of working from home seen over the last few days introduces a whole new cybersecurity consideration list for businesses whilst leaving the door open for them.

Already the news stories are emerging; hackers have reportedly targeted the US health agency is just one recent example as well as all the phishing attacks via email that are now being sent to thousands of inboxes around the world.

So what can your business do?

There are many things a business can do to improve their cyber security to minimise these attacks and some are listed here.

These are short term fixes that offer some, but not total security. Without doubt, passwordless authentication and in particular non-repudiation biometric technology needs to be considered and factored in to all critical business planning.

This is a decision that needs to be made by many businesses and organisations before they too are caught out. It is a decision that will secure the future of a company as well as cutting costs and improving user experiences.

It is a decision that should not wait, hackers aren’t going anywhere but your business may be.

 

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