Covid-19 is Changing the World of Cybersecurity

Covid-19 is changing everything about our lives. How we work, how we order food, what we wear, etc. There’s no doubt that it’s changing the nature of cybersecurity.  

91% of businesses have reported an increase in attempted cyberattacks over the last year. Cyber criminals are changing how they work, too. They’re becoming more advanced and they’re better at targeting. Most of these are threats that we’ve seen before, but they’re getting harder to detect.  

Here are four common cyber threats, and how you can prevent them. 

IoT and Smart Medical Devices:  

     This includes attacks on devices such as smart homes, routers, smart watches, webcams, and other personal devices. 

     The best way to prevent these attacks is by consistently updating your passwords, and keeping them strong, unlinking your devices from social media, and looking for a DLP partner that can assist in protecting patient data while working on SaaS platforms. 

Password-based Cyberattacks 

     4 out of 5 global data breaches are caused by weak/ stolen login information. The most frequented method is called the Brute Force Attack. This attack uses computer programming to try all possible username/ password combinations.  

     How to prevent password-based attacks: implement password-free authentication methods. This involves requiring users to authenticate their login through a separate platform.  


    Likely you’re already familiar with this one. This threat encrypts files, so that the victim can’t access their information. The attacker will then ask for ransom, usually in some form of payment, to decrypt the user’s data. 

     How to prevent this: Multi-factor authentication is, again, a great way to slow/ stop hackers from getting into the system. You should also regularly back up you system, so that you can recover date in case cyberterrorists are still able to access the information.  

Phishing Schemes 

     When an attacker tricks a victim into handing over their information, its known as a phishing scheme. These are common, and have most likely been seen before, but are becoming more and more advanced.  

     How to prevent them: Education is the best way to prevent these attacks. Make sure that your team understand what to look for in an attacker. Often times things are misspelled, poor grammar, etc. Enabling spam folders is another great way to avoid these messages, because it filters out most potentially harmful emails. And finally, multi-factor authentication.  


To learn more, contact RCS Professional Services today.

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