COVID-Related Digital Attacks on the Rise Prompting Organizations to Revisit Internal Security Training

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By Dimitrios Pavlakis | 3Q 2020 | IN-5913


Cybersecurity Attacks Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic 


Malware and viruses have once again proven to be quite accurate digital analogues of their organic counterparts when it comes to their ability to endure, mutate, and proliferate. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, causing sudden infection spikes across different countries worldwide, so do COVID-19-related malware and cybersecurity attacks. Their primary objectives include taking advantage of the ensuing disorganization to spread panic, deceiving end users and infiltrating their victims’ systems, manipulating organizations, and causing chaos and millions of dollars’ worth of damage (also in the form of ransomware) during a time of global uncertainty.

Both the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued informative and educational statements regarding COVID-19-related cyberattacks since the pandemic began and to aid organizations’ first line of defense: their employees. By the end of April 2020, the WHO had already reported a fivefold increase in cyberattacks rela…

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