The cybersecurity threat continues to grow; therefore, it is essential to take preventative measures to reduce the damage that a cyberattack might cause.
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.
- Australian Signals Directorate Protect yourself against cybercrime
- Nov 2020 Cyber crime magazine Cybercrime To Cost The World $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025
- Jan 2021 Varonis 134 Cybersecurity Statistics and Trends for 2021
- Data Security
- Jan 2021 9News Increasing number of Aussies fear becoming victim of a cyber attack after COVID-19
- Feb 2021 Forensic First-of-its-kind Digital Forensics Facility Opens in Australia
- Feb 2021 CSO Australia’s COVID vaccinations a shot in the arm for cybercrime
- Feb 2021 SMH Taking on the rising cyber threat