2020 and 2021 has brought on many challenges because of the COVID 19 Pandemic. Throughout this time there has been a major increase in reported scams; more importantly online scams. This includes scam emails, link manipulation, fake websites, and many more sneaky ways of making us hand over information that we are not the slightest aware about.
The pandemic has caused a global shift to remote work, forcing businesses and organisations to pivot the way they operate. This has resulted in relying purely on technology, this could be in the form of emails, zoom and team meetings, fraud phone calls and any other communication software that companies use. Cyber criminals somehow access all different communication platforms, and this is where we need to think if we have resilient and reliable security in place across our devices.
Phishing emails take up a large portion of the worlds data breaches. Employees are unintentionally the cause of most of these attacks, this is done by a simple click on a email link or giving bank details over to people pretending to be people they are not. This is very easily done and can not always be prevented. If you ever get an email asking for payment details from work staff, you should always notify them and check it is them. This would prevent many future cyber-attacks from happening. In 2020 the increase in email threats was huge as cybercriminals took advantage of the rise in digital activity, performing attacks that had not been seen before.
Let us look at some statistics…
- More than 6 in 10 companies suffered a ransomware attack last year. This is double than the year before.
- In 2020 Every 14 seconds a business was victim to a ransomware attack, in 2021 it is estimated that it will be every 11 seconds.
- In the US alone there were 791,790 cyber-crime complaints in 2020
- 13% of businesses do not have email security systems at all.
- 91% of hacking attacks begin with a phishing email.
- 78% of employees from various companies said they are aware of phishing attacks but still click on emails they are unsure about
- 45% of employees receive no cybersecurity training. (1)
We need to be prepared for the rise in cybercrime. Anti-Virus can help save your company money time and stress! We offer the best antivirus software out there, Bitdefender. Bitdefender is the #1 global leader in cybersecurity, and this is the one we offer to our consumers which is also included in our Micro Business IT Support Package. Depending on the package and price, Bitdefender can defend your PC against a wide variety of cyber threats. These include various types of malware such as viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware. Bitdefender can also defend against phishing attempts and spam. In addition, it includes a variety of privacy protections such as monitoring, which apps can access your webcam and microphone, an anti-tracking feature to keep browsing data private, safe banking tools, a firewall to keep hackers from hijacking your internet connection, a virtual file shredder to permanently delete sensitive documents and files, parental controls, and a password manager. (2)
Overall, cybercrime has been on the rise the past few years and is hitting its peak as we speak. You need to ensure your business has security measures in place to prevent future attacks. We recommend Bitdefender antivirus all the way and we can provide this software for you. Visit our website https://pandaitsolutions.co.uk/ or give us a call for free, we are happy to help and can advise you on what security techniques and measures you could have in place! 03333 660 200.