Cyber security chiefs respond to Covid-19 with support for companies

Cyber securtiy industry leaders have unveiled a series of new measures to during the Coronavirus crisis and issued warnings about the security risks to companies

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 19 March 2020 15:38

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UK tech providers and cyber security leaders are launching specialist support to enable businesses to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Cyber vendors are offering packages including free support, consultancy and cyber guidance as part of a sustained effort the help companies keep moving despite the huge upheaval. 

Security chief Chris Ross, SVP, Barracuda Networks (pictured) told The Commentator, “We’re seeing a rise in the number of phishing email attacks launched on businesses, as cyber criminals attempt to exploit employee confusion during this extensive period remote working. Our analysis shows that workers are being hit with imitation emails impersonating the UK government and the UN World Health Organisation, asking for personal details. It’s critical that companies remain vigilant during this time and have the correct email protection systems in place to protect staff.”

Tim Sadler, CEO at Tessian added, “It’s critical that businesses adjust to the ‘new normal’ and recognise that employees are now operating in unfamiliar working environments, with many using personal devices while working from home. Bosses should ensure staff avoid downloading new software, sharing company data and be vigilant to identify and report suspected scam emails. We know that cyber criminals thrive in exploiting vulnerable situations, so protecting the personal security of individuals and companies should be a top priority during this crisis.”

Christy Wyatt, CEO of Absolute Software announced, “We are immediately making Application Persistence available for VPN apps at no charge through August. This means is that if they are relying on VPN to keep their employees connected, we will monitor the VPN application to make sure it remains undeleted and in force." 

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