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The Risks of Cyber Security in a Post COVID-19 world

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What are the risks that occurred in the field of cybersecurity due to COVID-19? In which security department is the majority of the risk observed? These might be the fundamental questions going around your mind right now.

Do you want to have the answers to your questions? If yes, then this is the correct article for you. Here we have discussed all the risks taken by cybersecurity in all the various security departments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moving further, we all know that the cause of the coronavirus pandemic has kept all the working, companies, and organizations to the stand and still condition. As all the industries have affected, hence there is no difference in the certified ethical hacking (CEH) cybersecurity industry.

Changes in cybersecurity CEH industries 

Generally, the post coronavirus pandemic has forced all organizations and industries into new social distancing practices and remote working. New economic plans are also being set up by the government to secure their countries economically.

No doubt, as per today’s condition, the whole world’s concentration is on the COVID-19 pandemic, more cyber crimes have been observed and capitalized on the crisis. According to the security companies, there has been a drastic rise in phishing attacks, ransomware attacks, and much more.

These attacks would result in more malfunction in personal computers and mobile phones. All the mobile-based applications, along with the businesses’ data, have been targeted due to COVID-19.

In this article, some of our thoughts on the risks of COVID-19 in a cybersecurity industry job have been discussed. Let’s see each of the risks, types, and preventions of cybersecurity in detail.  

Increases the risk in Remote Security:

With the new advancement of running the company, employees have started working from home. Not only employees but students have also begun studying virtually. And for both of these, remote work in the field of cybersecurity is essential.

Many organizations and industries are also ramping up and are trying very hard to set up remote security to develop their network for the employees working from home. In the hard aim of achieving this, there are chances for the organizations to lead in a misconfiguration in VPN’s.

This misconfiguration can leak sensitive information on the internet of your organization or company and can also expose the devices to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. As a result, hackers are getting increased benefits of vulnerability by doing this type of massive transition.

Safety of Remote Security:

For the safety of your organization’s data and information, checking of VPN service is a must. This would lead you to a safer and reliable path as it promises to keep a lot more security against such hackers. 

Furthermore, proper and strict advice of not using personal computers should be given to every employee of the organization. This precaution would allow reducing the risk of security misconfiguration.

However, by now, as you know about remote security, its importance, and how information of an organization is leaked through it. So, let’s quickly move further to the types of cybercrimes and its risks and prevention.

Cybercrimes and its types:

There are numerous crimes that are associated with the business and should be taken care of by everyone. Among all the cybercrimes, the most associated crime during the COVID-19, the cybercrime’s most common name is given and explained below:

Phishing Attack:

If you are not familiar with a phishing attack, let us explain it to you. Generally, it is a type of aggression associated with a fraudulent social engineering attack where you might disguise cybercriminals as trustworthy sources.

What if this can be explained to you with an example? Suppose you get an email of what an executive high-level could appear among your organization. And you are requested to send all your information, including account funds of your organization.

Appearing most trustworthy would lead you to do as per all their demands so that they can get excess to all your personal information. Now, for finding whether it is fake or not, you can find the sender’s name has a domain name or recipient.

Individual variations between both can be seen. For example, Microsoft and Microsoftt. Recently, more phishing attacks are made on email websites only. They are trying to hack all the information by sending such emails during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ransomware:

Another cybercrime that has increased during the COVID-19 is Ransomware. Explaining further about this is a type of attack where the attackers have held the company’s data or the organization for ransom.

Under this attack, healthcare organizations have more probability of getting the risk of a Ransomware attack. This happens because healthcare departments obtain more financial gain. And if to keep the organization’s data safe and secure, the healthcare department has to pay the fee.

This payment is because ransom contains the most critical data and information related to it that cannot be leaked in any situation. As the hackers know that it is essential for the organization to securely hold the data of their customers, they demand to extort the most money they can.

Thus, in this way, the safest thing to secure the critical information and data of the organization is by making a payment to the ransom. These would let you keep your customer’s data safe with no leaking guarantee of it.

Now, moving further to the third most cybercriminal attack during the COVID-19. It is Malicious. 

Malicious:

Many of you might be familiar with this attack as it has become most common among all others. If not, then we have gathered all the information related to it. A malicious attack is an attack that mostly deals with websites.

They are known as mirror real websites because they are designed to look exactly like legitimate branded websites. During the lockdown period, most people went for online purchases; this crime increased significantly.

The attackers have kept the main keywords associated with COVID-19 as more purchase is seen in medical or sanitization supply. They involve the users by providing links to visiting, downloading, or installing malicious software files.

This download can help them to grab all the money from your account during the checkout. So, to keep proper attention on it is essential. As per the reports, 569% of malicious software growth has been observed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, there was an article related to the risk and precautions to be taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope it was informative and suggest you take the proper care of your data and organization.

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