Increased Cyber Threat in the Age of COVID-19

Cyberattacks - striking companies from a wide range of industries - are on the rise at an alarming rate. Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced tens of millions of people to work remotely, presenting cyber criminals with new pathways to find weaknesses and access points to infiltrate company systems. Indeed, even the most sophisticated organizations with advanced security and communication functions in place have struggled to identify the new wave of threats as well as control the overwhelming and rapid change to their infrastructure.

Remote working means companies now have much less control over how their employees use their computer systems. Less control, coupled with heightened stress and distraction caused by the pandemic, has opened the door for cyber criminals to expose human vulnerabilities, often using desire for information about the pandemic as a lure. According to a survey conducted at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak by email security firm, Tessian, stress disruption and a change of environment have caused 43% of employees to make mistakes causing cybersecurity repercussions for themselves or their company.

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Unfortunately, the longer remote working continues, the more sophisticated cyber criminals will become in finding new ways to expose organizations' weaknesses. To help combat the increased risk, organizations can take steps to create and maintain a cyber-risk aware and responsible culture amongst their workforce through effective training and communication.

Victor partnered with Skillbridge, a leading provider of cyber security training, to offer free online education courses for Victor Cyber Policy holders.

To get started, complete the Skillbridge request form. A member of the Victor team will contact you within 48 business hours to confirm your Skillbridge access.

To learn more about what Skillbridge has to offer, check out:

For more information and guidance around cybersecurity and COVID-19, please visit our resource page and view our guides below:

If you have any questions, please reach out to your regional marketing contact.

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