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Cyber Security Vulnerabilities: End of Covid-19 May Not be the End of Related Problems

The ongoing covid-19 has unearthed new concerns for enterprises across the globe. The cyber security industry is no exception. 

The pandemic has led thousands of professionals to work from home. This development, in turn, has paved the way for increased hacking opportunities. Incidents of phishing attempts through mails, messages, or calls are on the rise in the US distance working space.

The enormity of the cyber-attacks has forced organizations to invent urgent measures to tackle the issue. More than the tremendous pressure to deal with these issues, what bothers enterprises is the possibility of these problems continuing post-covid-19 into the future.

For instance, cybercriminals are likely to attempt leveraging massive volumes of information related to vaccines, federal and private sector responses, etc. It is almost confirmed that cyber attackers would continue using the covid 19 vaccine as a mask for carrying out cybercrimes through ransomware, phishing, and other malicious attempts. 

The post-pandemic US cyber security space is most likely to see an upward trend in cyberattacks through state-sponsored groups. Furthermore, state-linked ransomware sectors are likely to cash in on the prevalent uncertainty around delays in getting back to normalcy after a broadly distributed corona vaccine. 

Next year, enterprises and other businesses might make it mandatory to carry a covid vaccine certificate for official travel. Professionals will have to share this data with agencies, and companies that accumulate such sensitive information would be a big target for cybercriminals. Enterprises associated with covid-19 vaccination are reportedly the future targets of cybercriminals.

Enterprises appear to be lagging behind, in terms of the technology and human capital required to combine relevant and highly skilled workers at the same pace as their digital transformation, which is more or less unprecedented.

Enterprises have to bring in practical and effective measures that can address both the contemporary and future concerns resulting from covid-19.

The investments in security infrastructure required to keep hybrid and remote work safe and secure in the present year imply that in-house security teams need constant support from other technology researchers in the form of vulnerability feedback and continuous testing.  

The alarming rate at which firms are trying to digitize has led to a never-before urgency for organizations to modify their focus on advanced cybersecurity awareness education. Also, the current workforce structure needs to undergo scalable changes, as far as the majority of the enterprises are concerned. 

Traditionally, VPNs have been the much-preferred choice. However, given the current popularity of the remote working culture, the need to go beyond is more than evident. Cloud-powered incorporation of a zero-trust framework is highly advisable. Also, it should be ensured that implementing too many security tools doesn’t lead to complex security concerns.

Phishing seems to lead the cyber-attack methods on remote workers. Maintaining strong passwords that can’t be easily guessed is one of the effective precautions to be taken.

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