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The outbreak of the Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic. One of the key measures, as advised by national authorities, is to create physical distance between people to minimize the risk of spreading the infection.
With the exponential increase of coronavirus infection over the last months and more people working from their homes, cyber attackers have already started to abuse fear and panic to spread malware and defraud victims:
The Brno University Hospital in the Czech Republic, which was also one of the COVID-19 testing facilities, was hit by a major cyberattack in March. The consequence was that individual systems started to fail, leading to an immediate computer shutdown in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Monica Verma, Chief Information Security Officer, TietoEVRY Financial services, provides some guidelines to ensure continued security whilst working from home.
“We are living in surreal times. A security mindset is more important now than ever. It is vital to create a comfortable work environment and secure digital interaction. Do not underestimate the psychology of security or lack thereof.”
How can you protect yourself and your organization digitally whilst working from home? Here are some basic but highly effective measures you can take.
“In the midst of one of the worst pandemics our generation has experienced, we are seeing an increase in phishing campaigns and fraud, as attackers actively abuse the fear and panic in the society.”
Continued security is essential for business continuity, particularly towards critical societal infrastructures and services such as healthcare, finance, energy, etc. It is vital that all security leaders ensure similar security maturity as before. In some focus areas, a higher security level is necessary during this pandemic, such as vulnerability scans, patching, detect and response, and security incident management.
To ensure the safety of all employees, TietoEVRY, like many other organizations worldwide, has instructed employees to work from home. Safety of our people and security of our customer deliveries are TietoEVRY’s top priorities. However, when more than 90% of the task force is working from home, how does one ensure the security of customer deliveries, particularly when they are extremely critical and vital to our society.
Amidst an international crisis, it is more important now than ever for us to help each other stay safe and secure!
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Monica has extensive experience for over a decade within information and cybersecurity, particularly in the financial sector. She sits on the board of Cloud Security Alliance Norway.
Monica is the 2019 OSPA winner of Norway’s best security advisor. Her core experience covers integrating security within the business, risk management, leadership roles, building and strengthening customer relationships, security maturity, security awareness, cloud security, and identity & access management.