“Cyber-attackers see the pandemic as an opportunity to step up their criminal activities by exploiting the vulnerability of employees working from home and capitalising on people’s strong interest in coronavirus-related news (e.g. malicious fake coronavirus related websites). Another important consideration is that the average cost of a data breach resulting from remote working can be as much as $137,000.”
Ransomeware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Ransomware is often designed to spread across a network and target database and file servers, and can thus quickly paralyse an entire organisation.