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Facing New Cybersecurity Threats

July 1, 2021 Posted by in Mass Notification

The world’s shift to working remote has come with many benefits, and an influx of online and cloud communication software; however, there has been a lack of awareness given to the mass cybersecurity breaches that came with this. From ransomware to data breaches and from election security to unemployment fraud, COVID-19 has kickstarted a new set of challenges and fast-tracked existing challenges for companies across the country. While companies continue to shift to digital adoption, there should be a parallel rise in security procedures and strategy with time being of the essence. Ten minutes is often the difference between the saving or downfall of an organization, that is why up to date security strategy and a mass warning notification system are critical.

The World Health Organization reported a fivefold increase in cyberattacks just by late April 2020. Now about one year later, the cyber threats just keep growing:

  • Malware increased by 358% overall and ransomware increased by 435% as compared to 2019
  • Globally there are 100,000 malicious websites and 10,000 malicious files daily
  • Google has registered over 2 million phishing sites as of January 2021 – this is up from 1.7 million in January 2020
  • At the start of 2020, 93.6% of observed malware was polymorphic, meaning it has the ability to continually change its code to evade detection
  • 94% of malware is delivered via email
  • Supply chain attacks grew 420% in the past 12 months

Phishing still ranks as the most common incident, accounting for more than 80% of security incidents, because it is easy to do and often successful. The Redflag emergency mass notification system provides high value in allowing you to reach your entire staff within minutes alerting them of phishing attempts before they can open an email.

Adapting Your Strategy

Technology providers must rethink their strategies and offerings to accommodate a new security landscape. And they must continue to monitor customers’ needs and adjust sales, service, and training accordingly to fight evolving cybercrime.

Organizations like Filos Technology have adapted cybersecurity strategies to additionally support the most current needs: business continuity, remote work, and transitioning back to a post-pandemic normal.

Critical areas of focus for organizations should include:

  • Cybersecurity / data loss prevention
  • Migrating systems / applications to the cloud
  • Launching or updating digital services
  • Modernizing outdated IT systems
  • Streamlining procurement processes


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