BLUF

The cybersecurity threat continues to grow; therefore, it is essential to take preventative measures to reduce the damage that a cyberattack might cause.

Summary

Cybercrime cost the world as much as $1 trillion in 2020 (and could possibly reach $6 trillion in 2021). Some of the issues are: 
  • More people working from home in less secure environments increases the potential attack surface.
  • There are more distractions at home.
  • The blurring of work and home life with more screen time can cause mistakes.
  • Criminals can buy ransomware and technical support online.
Criminal groups can:  
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Share intelligence.
  • Wait patiently for the time to strike,
  • Use sophisticated social engineering tactics against fatigued and stressed remote workers.
What can we do: 
  • Use Edge Computing (bring data closer to individuals),
  • Before pressing the send button, double-check addresses and attachments.
  • Separate, as much as possible, work and home life.
  • Ensure managers and cybersecurity personnel work together at the beginning of any project.
  • Work collaboratively, internally and externally.
  • Establish each individual’s cyber role so they are prepared if there is an attack.
Consider how you can improve the way you use computer systems to protect yourself against cybercrime.