COVID-19 Impact on Cybersecurity

Christopher Gorog from the New Cyber Frontier podcast has a conversation with Chuck Brooks, one of the “Top 5 people to follow LinkedIn,” Adjunct Professor at Georgetown, and founder of Brooks Consulting International. They discuss the recent impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cybersecurity community. Listen and join in on the conversation!

c-Watch2020 – Hack and Hype During the COVID-19 Crisis

Time: Thu, Jun 4, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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The 2020 global public health crisis has changed lives in many ways, including our online lives. Criminals and cyber hackivists have increased their activities in the areas of cyber crime, fraud, supply chain attacks, ransomware, misinformation/disinformation and other attack vectors. The 2020 c-Watch program will be focused on tracking the hack and hype of the COVID-19 crisis. Join us for this short overview of the 2020 c-Watch program, scheduled to begin June 22, 2020.

Data on vulnerability during expanded telework conditions

The Cyber Readiness Institute, a nonprofit focused on small-business cybersecurity issues, released a survey finding widespread concerns on teleworking but limited policies, resources and training aimed at shoring up small and mid-sized businesses’ cyber resiliency amid the COVID-19 crisis.“Conducted from March 25-27, the survey of 412 small business owners found that half of all business owners are concerned that remote working will lead to more cyberattacks,” CRI said in a Thursday release. “Yet, nearly 40% feel that economic uncertainty will prevent them from making necessary cybersecurity investments.”According to CRI, “This is particularly concerning for companies with fewer than 20 employees as the survey showed they were distinctly unprepared for remote working. Only 22% provided additional cybersecurity training prior to enabling remote working and just 33% provided “any cybersecurity training.” The survey found that “Only 40% of small businesses have implemented a remote work policy focused on cybersecurity as a result of coronavirus (only 25% of those with less than 20 employees)” and that “51% said they provided their employees with technologies to improve cybersecurity for remote workers (only 34% for companies under 20 employees).”Among respondents, the survey found “55% believe that federal and state governments should provide products and funding for cybersecurity.”

by Doug Depeepe, ESQ