The nationwide transition to remote work that’s been necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis has had profound and far-reaching impacts on modern businesses. For example, millions of employers today are now being forced to hastily incorporate remote networking strategies into their candidate sourcing, hiring, and onboarding practices.
Cybersecurity has also become a primary concern over the course of the past several months. As employees continue to work remotely, businesses are now more vulnerable than ever to a wide variety of cyber threats. In observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 1-31), this article will outline a few of the most notable cybersecurity threats in 2020 – and how employers can avoid them.
Top Three Cybersecurity Threats in 2020 (and How to Avoid Them)
Phishing attacks have been a threat since long before the onset of the pandemic, but they’ve become especially common and pernicious over the last several months. Back in April, for example, Google reported that it had detected over 18 million COVID-related phishing attempts over the course of a single week.
In order to minimize the risk of these potentially harmful scams, it’s essential to educate your employees about how to identify and avoid them. Luckily, there are a number of easily detected telltale signs for them to be on the lookout for.
Malware is any software or application that has been intentionally designed by a hacker or threat actor to invade and corrupt a computer, server, or network. Like phishing scams, malware has been a problem for decades, but we’re now witnessing a major surge in malware threats (particularly ransomware) during the pandemic.
The strongest defense against malware attacks is, unsurprisingly, anti-malware software. Check out this list to learn more about the best anti-malware programs in 2020.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).
A DDoS attack has a disconcertingly uncomplicated approach: All that a hacker needs to do is flood a server with user traffic, which essentially causes the server to overload and either shut down or be reduced to cripplingly slow speeds.
The best way to prevent a DDoS attack is to practice constant vigilance and proper server maintenance. This requires time, energy, and resources, but it can go a long way towards preventing a potentially catastrophic cybersecurity breach. Check out this article to find everything that you need to know about guarding your servers against a DDoS attack in 2020.
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