Half of infosec professionals (50%) revealed that their organisations didn’t have a contingency plan in place, or didn’t know if they did, for a situation like COVID-19 or a similar scenario. This lack of forward planning has come at great risk, as 86% of infosec professionals admitted that attacks in the most common attack vectors were on the rise during this period. Cyberwarfare and IoT as an attack vector were reported to be up by 38%, and APTs and cyberespionage IP theft and social media threats/chatbots by 37% — all of which could be an indication of a bumper year for breaches.
The Indelible Impact of COVID-19 on Cybersecurity Study was conducted among 6,724 Security and IT workers in May 2020 across the UK, US, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden. Representing a broad cross-section of organisations and industries, from fledgeling SMEs, through to publicly listed 10,000+ person enterprises. The report, which will form part of the yet to be released 10 in 10 Study, details the pressures faced by IT professionals during the COVID-19, how these pressures are testing the effectiveness of security measures and the changes they will need to make within their organisations as a result.
- Half of all Security professionals (50%) revealed their organisations didn’t have a contingency plan in place, or didn’t know if they did, for a situation like COVID-19 for an incident like COVID-19 or similar which causes a widespread remote working situations
- Nearly a third of businesses reported an increase in phishing or whaling attempts (30 per cent), while a quarter experienced an increase in social media threats (25 per cent).
- While all industries are at risk of cybercrime, respondents revealed that they believed the financial services sector was impacted the most followed closely by the health industries.
Please see the full report here