The rapid spread of Covid-19 has resulted in businesses facing a surge of new cybersecurity threats, from phishing emails to data breaches and malware attacks. Experts warn that the pandemic could see the highest number of cyber-attacks in recent times.
Implementing the right cybersecurity solutions is crucial to mitigating new threats and limiting the number of cyber-attacks on your legal business.
How has Covid-19 increased the number of cyber threats?
Cyber criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to carry out increased numbers of cyber-attacks. Covid-19 has forced thousands of employees to work from home, putting pressure on email and telephony systems.
Cyber criminals see home workers as an easy target for several reasons, including:
- Poor security of home WIFI connections
- Increased pressure on existing IT support systems
- More shared devices connecting to servers remotely
The nature of home working means confidential information is being sent via email and other electronic means, which gives cyber criminals more opportunities to attack.
For legal firms, it’s especially important to have robust business continuity plans in place to protect employees, clients and business.
The most common threats and how to protect your business
In February 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of criminals sending malicious emails and messages appearing to be from WHO.
According to the latest research, cyber criminals have attempted over 2,000 phishing attacks during the pandemic, targeting vulnerable people and businesses.
The emails are designed to take advantage of people who are feeling anxious by tricking them into providing passwords and bank details. Home workers are also being duped into downloading malicious software onto company laptops, allowing cybercriminals to access company data. Recent campaigns include CDC alerts, health advice emails and workplace policy emails.
You can protect your employees and legal business by taking the following steps:
1. Ensure your IT security systems are fully functioning and up to date with the most recent cybersecurity solutions
2. Enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible
3. Back up your data to the cloud
Hackers are duping people into clicking onto links that downloads malicious software onto their PC by pretending to have new information on the coronavirus. Malware can significantly damage a legal business by accessing a computer system and sensitive data.
Prevent malware attacks by:
- Making sure employees know not to click on links or open attachments from unknown sources
- Only downloading or installing software from trusted sources
- Checking URLs are genuine and not copies designed to trick you into providing passwords
Coronavirus-related ransomware attacks
Ransomware attacks are alarmingly common and can cause significant damage to any business. Criminals access your computer systems and lock you out until you pay a ransom.
Fake coronavirus tracking apps are ransomware which promises the user access to the latest infection and recovery rates. The app accesses your personal information, including photos, location and camera.
Limit the impact of a ransomware attack by:
- Using reputable anti-virus software
- Not giving out personal data
- Never using unknown USBs
Keep your legal business secure with CBS’s cybersecurity solutions
It’s not too late to improve your cybersecurity. Our IT security services cover telephony, network solutions and cloud hosting. They will give you access to the knowledge and technology you need to protect your legal business in these challenging times. Speak to one of our experts to find out how we can help.