The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to follow social distancing and enterprises to implement work-from-home or remote working. All these norms are essential to protect our lives from a dreaded coronavirus but as a result of implementing the work-from-home technique, the business system and confidential corporate information have become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In other words, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the IT security landscape.
After absorbing the initial shock of lockdowns, threat actors are active again with changed tactics. In recent times, a significant rise in the percentage of malware campaigns is seen among COVID-19 related attack vectors. What’s more, around 80% of all malicious campaigns have a COVID-19 angle these days. For example, phishing emails pretending to stem from healthcare institutions, government, and WHO (World Health Organization) contain malicious URLs or attachments. Unsuspecting users or remote employees who look for the latest information on coronavirus outbreak can open those attachments and their details get hacked.