Much has changed in the world with the post-COVID landscape - not least the work environment, with organizations racing to stand up remote work infrastructure to cope with shuttered offices and other challenges brought about by lockdowns. In their haste, many businesses will have prioritized speed over security, and in doing so, left themselves open for attack.
Historically, threat actors have been quicker to adapt than organizations to changing trends in the IT security landscape. Their position on the offensive necessitates this: as gaps or exploits are plugged, hackers must find more innovative routes within a network. They especially rely on weak points in human psychology, carefully orienting their attacks towards topical news items or preying on media-fuelled panic.
One theme, then, remains the same, whether that's pre- or post-COVID: cyberattackers are opportunistic, and should an exploitable opportunity arise, they will take advantage of it.
There is a misconception that attacks rose sharply in the weeks and months when the pandemic first took hold. According to Secureworks' data, though, the threat level was largely unchanged - suggesting that it is actually the perception of cyber security that has shifted as many employees were restricted to online work only and it became a more pressing, visible concern for all.
Hackers might have anchored their attacks to the COVID threat, but major changes were on the side of organizations, not necessarily attacker behavior.
This 30-minute audiocast hosted by IDG in partnership with Secureworks will delve into developments across the cyber security terrain this year. It will examine which trends have accelerated, what has stayed the same, and areas where there has been notable change.
In partnership with: Secureworks