Managing & Mitigating the Increased Cybersecurity Threats Posed by COVID-19

CBA Report

In recent weeks, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the United States by storm, impacting companies from coast to coast in myriad ways and causing unprecedented changes in daily business operations. Cyber criminals are acutely aware of these seismic shifts and are engaging concerted campaigns to exploit these vulnerabilities which, in turn, has created noteworthy cybersecurity and data security risks and threats for organizations of all types. In particular, phishing and other types of cyberattacks have increased exponentially during the current public health crisis, as malicious actors seek to take advantage of the increased anxiety and elevated desire for information and resources regarding the pandemic. The rapid move to remote working has also created a vastly expanded attack surface for cyber criminals to exploit, as well as its own set of unique and heightened organizational cybersecurity and data security challenges. Companies must effectively guard against these imposing threats and be prepared to take immediate action in the event they become a victim of a successful cyberattack or other data compromise event.

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“Managing & Mitigating the Increased Cybersecurity Threats Posed by COVID-19,” by David J. Oberly was published in the May/June 2020 edition of CBA Report, a publication of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Reprinted with permission.