How to protect your business from cyberattack post COVID-19

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Businesses re-opening in the UK could be at risk of cyberattacks as they attempt to get back to work. Organisations need to be prepared and implement proactive, not reactive, cybersecurity processes.

Cyber criminals will almost certainly try to capitalise on weaknesses in both a company’s technology and the way in which it operates, especially in companies that have been forced to suspend operations for a period of time. Businesses will be under pressure to get back to normal and to begin regenerating revenue, but they need to make sure that the necessary measures are put in place to avoid falling victim to a cyberattack.

Current Threats

We have detailed below common threats that companies need to be wary of when they start to resume normal working practices.

Phishing and Ransomware

Research has shown that there has been a 600% rise in the number of phishing emails worldwide, using Coronavirus-related themes to target individuals and businesses by exploiting concerns over the pandemic.

There is also evidence that ransomware attacks have increased due a higher likelihood of users clicking on COVID-19 themed ransomware emails given levels of anxiety.

HMRC / Government Scams

Emails and text messages telling taxpayers that they can claim tax refunds and goodwill payments or are eligible to pay a fine are becoming more frequent. HMRC, and other Government bodies, do not communicate with individuals by email or by SMS, unless you have signed up to the relevant protocol with them.

Certainly, payments that can be claimed by taxpayers, refunds or fines are not dealt with in this way.

Video Conferencing

The use of video conferencing platforms has increased significantly within a business environment throughout the pandemic, largely due to businesses adapting to remote working and relying on video conferencing platforms to conduct meetings.

While these platforms are useful in aiding business continuity, the rapid uptake has given rise to certain data protection concerns and several of the platforms have been subject to security attacks affecting many users.

Post COVID-19, it is expected that video conferencing will continue to play an important role in business, enabling associates to hold meetings, saving extensive travel.

Cost cutting

An organisation’s Post COVID-19 pandemic strategy might include reducing money spent on operations considered as non-critical which may include cybersecurity. This short-term plan might however prove to be detrimental to the business in the long run as this could increase the impact of attacks on the organisation.

Steps businesses should take before employees return to work

Businesses and individuals now have to be vigilant to protect their organisation as lockdown eases and they gradually get back to business as usual; taking the Government’s “Stay Alert” advice from an I.T. perspective.

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