The Corona Pandemic (COVID 19) created a new pirate stadium throughout 2020, and because of closures and social spacing requirements around the world, many scheduled projects and initiatives had to be postponed so that IT staff could focus on enabling remote access and facilitating digital business. In contrast, the volume of cyberattacks and cyber crime increased and the increase in cybercrime was estimated at 400% due to the CORONA virus.
Microsoft has reported that phishing and social engineering attacks associated with the epidemic have risen to 30,000 a day in the United States alone. Threat researchers say that attacks on ransomware, a cyberattack used to blackmail the user and induce him to pay for his information, rose by 800% during the epidemic.
Everyone is targeted by cyberattacks, but trends show that small businesses are the most targeted and that about 43% of cyber attacks are actually targeted at small businesses.
What is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity or "information security" is to protect computer systems from theft or damage to their software or devices, or any digital data from disruption or error in routing the services they provide.
In today's world, cybersecurity is usually linked to the Internet, as many of us have easy direct access to the Internet. But cybersecurity has become a threat since the first computers began storing data.
Cyber criminals have taken advantage of the idea of fear and uncertainty in their cyberattacks because it is not common and common to read about banks, credit card companies, online retailers, and telephone companies. And other companies whose systems have been compromised and customer data stolen.
Security crimes that threaten your online business:
With a large number of people living and working from home, the number of internet-connected devices has increased.
The evolving world of internet-connected lifestyle has given hackers more potential home access points and consumer information through devices, applications and web services.
Cyber criminals seek to exploit our vulnerability while working remotely and search for online entertainment because people who work at home use their personal devices and log on to their home networks that have not been fully secured.
Over the course of 2020, financial insecurity fears rose to an all-time high. With millions of Americans unemployed, with low working hours or salaries, more families are living from salary to salary than ever before.
Because many consumers have not changed their default settings or passwords, it has become easier for criminals to access their networks whether they use them for work or entertainment.
2. Tool risk
Cybersecurity analysts believe that threats from all tools such as ransomware, malware, spyware, malware, and hackers will remain one of the biggest concerns for security teams in 2021.
For example, fraudulent email threatens people by telling them that their webcams have been hacked, and certain images have been taken of them and to destroy them must pay bitcoin.
The ransomware, estimated to cost about $20 billion globally in 2020, will become more creative and damaging to force people to pay.
Cybersecurity companies predicted that the business would fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021, compared with 14 seconds in 2019.
3. Cloud-related threats
Since the beginning of 2020, because of the epidemic, cloud computing has accelerated and many companies have chosen to convert and utilize their online tools.
Last year, companies continued to operate online through the cloud, expected to continue in 2021 and beyond.
However, this rapid migration to the cloud exposes business to a large number of security challenges and threats.
Vulnerabilities in cloud applications, incomplete data deletion, mis-configuration in computational storage, and reduced visibility and control are some common cloud service issues that increase cybersecurity risks.
4. Misuse ofQRcode
Fraudsters and cyber criminals are quick to exploit new technology in their retaliatory tricks, as hackers find opportunities to exploit social engineering to access consumers' personal data from a single survey. Many companies, such as restaurant owners, often work QR codes to give us access to download their apps or lists in line with safety standards set to avoid an epidemic, but scammers use the same method to urge customers to download malicious apps that claim to do the same, and instead of creating the code, the app will steal consumer data, and once the hacker has access to a particular company's customer database, he can use this data to launch phishing operations under Star of this company.
5. Phishing Fraud
Phishing is one of the most common cyberattacks due to the high interaction that humans enjoy online, where frauds usually occur through social engineering in traditional email attacks and cloud services.
Phishing can lead to account seizures (ATO), hacking into business email (BEC), vedic software, theft of credentials and other security violations, as most emails are hidden in the form of messages from trusted individuals such as: a manager, coworker, or business partner to trick your employees into activating attached malware or granting unauthorized access.
Their aim is to make unsuspecting victims click on a malicious link or attachment or to give up sensitive information.
Organizations must use e-mail phishing protection programs, train and educate employees to reduce the risks associated with such attacks.
In a world where everything is connected to the Internet, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Although access to up-to-date IT services, software and hardware is important, it is still necessary to understand the mindset of hackers today for the safety of your business.