How COVID-19 Changed the Cyber Threat Landscape

How COVID-19 Changed the Cyber Threat Landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic froze the world in a way we hadn’t seen before. It certainly brought up its challenges to daily life, and with the increased shift to remote work, online shopping, and our overall presence on social media, the cyber threat landscape has evolved.

In the wake of COVID-19, cyber criminals found new ways of launching more dangerous and sophisticated attacks. They have been exploiting vulnerabilities in home networks, and personal devices using phishing, malware and ransomware to steal credit card info, login credentials, and other sensible data.

Though individuals and small businesses seem to be the prime target for cyber criminals, even large organizations have been under threat. In August 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert warning of a new malware that was being used to target healthcare and essential services providers during the pandemic, and a few months before that in April, the World Health Organization (WHO) had also suffered an attack from a hacker group.

For all the benefits that having a larger presence online can offer, this increase in cyber attacks has made us more aware of the risks involved, that’s why we need to educate ourselves about cyber security, and upgrade our safety protocols to protect our personal and professional information.

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