Cyber Security in COVID-19 Crisis Urged to Be Strengthened

In the light of novel coronavirus pandemic imposing challenges to businesses around the globe, strengthening the cyber security has been urged to avoid any cyber security issues at the time when businesses have had to shift workforce from in-office to working from home.

The call was made in a webinar by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) with its partners and members held this afternoon, during which several international cyber security experts shared their expertise and experiences.

As crisis around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to expand, broadcasting organisations are facing significant challenges to cope up with the issues related to cyber security, AIBD said.

Cyber security is a concern than any other times because the COVID-19 has created a model on working based on digital than mutual work, particularly online-based working, shared the experts in the webinar.

“The global pandemic of COVID-19 is not only a serious health issue, but also a cyber security risk. Criminals swiftly took advantage of the virus proliferation and are abusing the demand people have for information and supplies,” they said.

“Criminals have used the COVID-19 crisis to carry out social engineering attacks,” they continued, stressing that cyber attacks against organisations and individuals including phishing emails through spam campaigns, distribution of malware via malicious links and attachments, and execute malware and ransomware attacks that aims to profit from the global health concern.

Millions of people are at increased risk of harms, particularly children because they move increasingly to online platform during lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic, they said.

To deal with any issues related to cyber security, they recommended cyber hygiene standards including strong password, avoid public WIFI; protect and harden infrastructure that will support work-from-home policy; be extra vigilant on verification of emails; follow official updates; and pay attention to abnormal internet activities and traffics, etc.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press