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Rise in Cyber Attacks during Pandemic, How to Stay Protected online

After the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seek a huge number of cyber-attacks, Cloudfare seeks about 50% rise in traffic after coronavirus pandemic

Companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber crime and High-profile cyber attacks. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab and the National Cybersecurity Alliance suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security.

The large number of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet security policy for employees and only about half have even takes cybersecurity measures in place. Furthermore, only about a quarter of small business owners have had an outside party test their computer systems to ensure they are hacker proof and nearly 40 percent do not have their data backed up in more than one location.

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Business Should Take security Measures

85 percent of small business owners believe their company is safe from hackers, viruses, malware or a data breach, despite significant cybersecurity exposures. Symantec’s study found that 40 percent of attacks are against organizations with fewer than 500 employees.

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Outside sources like hackers aren’t the only way your company can be attacked. Often smaller companies have a family-like atmosphere and put too much trust in their employees. This can lead to complacency, which is exactly what a disgruntled or recently fired employee needs to execute an attack on the business.

Attacks Could Destroy Your Business

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As large companies continue to get serious about data security, small businesses are becoming increasingly attractive targets—and the results are often devastating for small business owners.

According to the Kaspersky Lab, the average annual cost of cyber attacks to small and medium-sized businesses was over $200,000 in 2014. Most small businesses don’t have that kind of money lying around and, as a result, nearly 60 percent of the small businesses victimized by a cyber attack close permanently within six months of the attack. Many of these businesses put off making necessary improvements to their cyber security protocols until it was too late because they feared the costs would be prohibitive

According to Darren Deslatte, Vulnerability Operations Leader at Entrust Solutions:

“With cyberattacks on the rise, the best way to protect yourself both on the job and off is to be informed. Learn the basic best practices for creating and maintaining strong, unique passwords for every different account you have. Know the hallmarks of phishing attacks, which are gaining in popularity, so you can avoid falling victim to one. Understand your personal responsibility for your own cybersecurity both at home and at work, as well as how the two interact whenever you work from home or use personal devices for work.”

Types of Cyber Attacks:

The group at K7 Security inquired how cyber-attackers are using the pandemic as a chance. Here are the key discoveries of the specialists:

1- Your PC is defenseless to cyber-attacks if you don’t have extra security features, for example, encoded network connections and updated operating systems.

2- COVID-themed attacks: Malicious emails with risky links or attachments about COVID are in circulation widely. However when such links or attachments are opened, it automatically downloads tools that take individual and financial data.

3- Well known remote communication platforms, for example, Webex, have also been seen as powerless against cyber-attacks. The danger lets any client join a secured meeting without having to enter the password for joining the meeting.

4- Massive rise in virus-infected applications have been found by the researchers on the internet.

5- he researchers witnessed a rise in potentially unwanted programs and adware (a tool that automatically downloads pop-up ads and other such material) in Mac devices is recorded by the report.

How to Stay Protected Online Against CyberAttacks:

Having good cyber hygiene should be of prime importance,As many companies are potentially looking to embrace remote working in the long term. Here are some methods to stay away from cyber attacks:

1- Utilize a protected virtual private system (VPN) that helps clients to tansfer information across public networks in a safe way.

2- Have a safe and secure passwords on your firewall and routers (software that shields from unapproved access to your PC).

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