In conversation with Nick Robilliard, Information Security Consultant at Resolution IT, and Nichole Culverwell, Director of Black Vanilla.
Cyber security remains a significant risk facing organisations of all sizes and sectors. It’s likely to be a top-three concern for boards and has rapidly escalated since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
How has the threat landscape evolved over the last few years?
Cyber crime is constantly evolving and increasing. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen a sharp increase in phishing attacks which use the Covid-19 narrative to peddle fear into the victim in an attempt to gather sensitive information. The increase was so high, in fact, that Google’s Threat Analysis Group shared that they blocked 18 million Covid-themed phishing emails per day in 2020.
An example of this was an email sent to elderly people, promising them an early vaccine if they provided personal data. Another scam directed recipients to click on a link that supposedly offered health advice, new policies or the latest guidelines, which then installed malware on the user’s device.
Scammers know that 90% of data breaches are caused by human error, so targeting users who may not be up to speed with their cyber-awareness training often gives them the results they are looking for.