Description: Everywhere, the situation with coronavirus is becoming more and more intense. This leads to different security measures and cybersecurity changes. We look at how CISOs should prepare.
The coronavirus is causing a lot of problems all over the world. One of the detrimental effects is uncertainty in business, leading to a global recession. The impact on information security is very grave — a lot of malicious hackers are tapping into security problems and exploiting things as never before. How should a company increase their cybersecurity during these difficult times? We’re going to look at the impact of the coronavirus, and what can be done to mitigate the consequences. Let’s find out more.
Hacking Remote Workers
This virus is making companies restructure the staff so that the majority of them are working from home. The whole world has noticed a drastic change in the workplace; most employees are now connected remotely from home to do their work. This is problematic because of internet security — it is typically much weaker rather than in the office, and hackers can easily exploit this to their advantage.
Because of the coronavirus, attackers can make use of a large number of remote login credentials to carry out their nefarious activities. At home, people usually work using their own computers, which do not have the best internet security. It’s a big problem for organizations willing to protect their workers and the company’s intellectual property.
If to take Italy, the country has had an enormous increase in the number of phishing attacks during the coronavirus times. It’s no surprise that people have been contacting their local National Cyber Security Centre to enquire about suspicious logins and problems relating to their security. Hackers are more and more able to steal intellectual property and hack into everything from personal gaming accounts to online wallets. It’s a scary time, indeed.
As previously mentioned, remote workers typically use their own laptops/computers, which are much less secure compared to office devices. Because of this, the world is to see an unprecedented rise in malware attacks. Chief information security officers need to install further anti-malware software onto workers’ computers. It doesn’t matter whether it is a company or a home machine; they should make it very difficult for a hacker to be able to infect or corrupt anything.
All sorts of emails are being sent, which are often very easily mistaken by workers of companies. Now that everybody is working from home, some people may not be prepared for email hacks. A lot of such letters feature either a simplistic link that will point someone towards malicious code or have executable files embedded somewhere within a website. Hackers are getting more and more advanced, for instance, using macros to redirect people to dangerous sites. It is a problem because these hacks often pass even Google security.
Another problem is that people are in quarantine, and this has led to members of cybersecurity teams and people taking cybersecurity apprenticeships to become locked down. What can a company do to help keep things secure if the people tasked for the job are not around? A surprising amount of population all around the world has been quarantined, causing disruptions in major firms.
What Needs to Be Done?
Chief information security officers have a tough time on their hands. However, threats can be dealt with remotely. Defense measures need to be evaluated, and the officers should be getting remote workers to install the proper software that will protect them from attacks. They must also provide further education on the kind of hacks that are occurring right now. Many people will take them for granted because they are used to advance cybersecurity in the office. A lot of companies have created bespoke solutions to tackle the kinds of threats we’ve mentioned in the article. Officers should look towards similar solutions and present them to the company they are working for. It’s a serious matter — hacking during the coronavirus is really happening!
Security Is Key
As the coronavirus pandemic has certainly become a problem, companies need to rewire security teams and streamline operations. There are a lot of cracks that hackers can slip through, but with the right guidance and risk-preventing software, fewer may get into. Hopefully, the virus will die out soon, and companies all over the world will be well prepared to handle problems with remote work.
What is cybersecurity to you? What measures are you implementing during this challenging time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Thomas Glare is a copyrighter who has an avid interest in technology. He studied cybersecurity at Boston University, before working as a consultant for many years. Nowadays, Thomas blogs about coding and security measures. When he is not at work, you’ll usually find him working on his own computer game about solving crime-related puzzles — Thomas hopes to have it all finished by 2021.