This is the first time in one hundred years that our world is experiencing the unprecedented event of pandemic. Though not the first, it is happening in a modern era of incredible technology. Unlike the 1918 Flu pandemic, most people around the world have access to incredible amounts of information, up to date news, telemedicine/telework, virtual happy hours and many other uses of information technology. However, this great advancement in society does not come without risk.
Rise in Cyber Crime
The FBI is seeing a spike in cyber crimes reported to its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonya Ugoretz, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, says that the IC3 is receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybersecurity complaints each day. Therefore, resulting in a very sharp increase (roughly 400%) from prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when about 1,000 complaints were received daily.
There are a multitude of reasons behind this increase. On one hand, hackers are working on behalf of nations seeking insight on COVID-19 related research. On the other hand, hackers are seeking monetary gain from vulnerable entities. The vulnerable entities may be private businesses moving to telework or health organizations on the frontlines battling COVID-19. Not even large government and world organizations are exempt. Health agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been targeted by hackers in recent weeks.
How will you respond?
To prevent becoming a victim to similar cyber crimes there is some risk mitigation your organization can implement. With the increase in telework and cyber crimes introducing an experienced Managed Service Provider (MSP) can help a now decentralized organization. As such, here are some ways an MSP like Fuse Solutions can help protect your company:
- Continuous Remote Monitoring
- VPN Services
- End User Security Training
- Incident Response
- DevOps/SecOps in a Box
- Business Continuity Disaster Recovery
- Threat Prevention Awareness
Not only can Fuse Solutions provide everything on this list, we have OEM partnerships with industry leading security operations and cybersecurity softwares and tools. Some of them include
Additionally, to accompany those partnerships, we have subject matter experts with incredible credentials and backgrounds that can help guide your organization to being more secure.
To stay up to date on COVID-19 crimes and exploitation please visit the FBI online. If you are interested in making your private business or healthcare organzation safe from cyber attacks please feel free to complete the contact form on the home page or pop up to the right.