Cyber Attacks Rise Due To COVID-19

Nearly half of all companies expect a security issue due to telecommuting…

An article review.

A few months ago we discussed a warning from the Department of Homeland Security regarding hackers taking advantage of the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, and according to an article shared with us by our friend Wes Pollard it appears the warning was warranted.

In a study paid for by security firm Barracuda, nearly half of the 1,000 companies surveyed reported having at least one security incident due to the larger number of employees working from home.  Additionally, even among businesses that have not been impacted yet there is not much optimism, with 49 percent stating they expect to encounter a security issue in the near future.

When asked what their top concerns were, roughly half of those surveyed said they had uncertainty regarding the security of web applications, and 43 percent said plans to implement working from home have had to be accelerated.  Adding to the problem, two in five businesses state that they have had to cut their cybersecurity budget due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, while many states are implementing some kind of a “return to work” plan, the issues presented by this crisis are unlikely to disappear any time soon: 56 percent of businesses polled state they plan to continue their widespread work from home programs indefinitely.

Original article by Dark Reading.



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