The increase of Phishing attacks following the Covid-19 outbreak
With most teams already working from home and accessing their usual day to day tasks virtually, the increase of phishing attacks and online criminal activity means that following online safety advice is a must.
The National Cyber Security Centre have exposed a number of online attacks since the Covid-19 developments that include false emails with links that cause your devices to become infected. Some of the major organisations such as The World Health Organisation and The US Centre for Disease Control have both been targeted directly and warned users directly that fraudulent emails could be sent out, as well as creating domain names to request password access and other highly sensitive information.
Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said:
“Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails. In the event that someone does fall victim to a phishing attempt, they should look to report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible.”
At Westgate, we have a qualified and dedicated Cyber Security Team who are fully aware of the numerous cyber-attacks that have happened since the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We also have developed a managed security service known as Cyber Essentials Compliance which provides you with a pro-active edge to the ever-changing security landscape and better protects you online from cyber-attacks including vulnerability scanning and system hardening.
Another effective way of evaluating the security of a system or network is performing a Penetration Test which actively identifies and exploits vulnerabilities in your IT infrastructure, highlighting the risks that your business is exposed to. All of our team are Tigerscheme certified penetration testers which is advised by The NCSC for all non-governmental organisations seeking Penetration Testing Services.Published: 26th March 2020