Cybersecurity in the time of ‘pwndemic’

My message to companies that think they haven’t been attacked is: “You’re not looking hard enough”. This was the strong warning given years ago by James Snook, a man who has occupied numerous cybersecurity positions within the British establishment. It’s one of the maxims of cybersecurity, and the evidence almost always demonstrates it to be true: the human factor is the weakest link in any organisation, and this is precisely where we see security breaches, data leaks and the impact of cybercriminals.
A few days ago on this very page, we saw the importance of keeping up to date with cybersecurity in an industry as sensitive as digital banking, and today we return to the subject because of the particularly convulsive times we live in when it comes to cyberthreats. One of the consequences of the pandemic has been the accelerated digital transformation in all aspects of our lives, and the bad guys aren’t going to take a holiday; they have the chance to strike, and they will.
In fact, they already have. Today, GDS Modellica presents readers an infographic which looks at the main cybersecurity statistics since the start of the pandemic, based on data compiled by the renowned specialists Panda Security. It contains all sorts of figures, from percentages to sums passing through hijacked accounts. All of them are figures that force us to take a look at ourselves once more in such turbulent times: without investment in cybersecurity, we are completely exposed.
The coronavirus isn’t the only virus that could put our future in check, and we’ve taken the liberty of calling this a pwndemic, as a nod to gaming slang, pwn meaning to get the better of someone, in this case compromising the security of a system, hardware or an application.
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