Cybercriminals have a long history of exploiting tragedies, natural disasters and other global and national crises for nefarious purposes. They prey on people’s fears, uncertainty and panic during these challenging times to spread malware, disrupt operations, obtain personal information and make a profit. And, unfortunately, we’re seeing history repeat itself during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when most organizations and communities are working together to stop the spread of the coronavirus, cybercriminals remain a foe—proving to be a second “invisible” adversary that we need to overcome.
COVID-19 AND REMOTE WORKERS: A PERFECT STORM
From phishing scams, spam and fake websites, to ransomware and social media attacks, COVID-19-focused malware campaigns are on the rise, with even the FBI warning of an increase in fraud schemes related to coronavirus. It’s hard enough to keep employees and your organization secure on a normal business day—never mind during a global pandemic when many employees are stressed, distracted and out of their element working remotely.