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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.

References

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