April 17, 2020 / by Dhwani Shah / In siem /

Phishing attacks on rise with covid'19

The world is facing a lockdown in tandem with COVID-19. This lockdown has increased our reliance on the internet opening doors for cybersecurity scams. Phishing being one of them has seen a rapid increase since Covid’19 inception.

A joint alert from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been released. The cyber criminals are exploiting citizens in the name of Covid-19 pandemic with malicious emails. Actors are using the subject of coronavirus or COVID-19 as a lure. Not only phishing emails, but phishing SMS is also sent with subject as “COVID” or “UKGOV”

What is Phishing?

Phishing can be done by cyber criminals either by sending emails from legitimate seeming organizations with statistics/any relevant information about the current event, or websites pretending to be the sites similar to what you have accessed before asking for login credentials or banking details. An information seeker might click on the attachments in the email which might download malicious software on the device. This is it! The software then starts collecting data from your device.

As an attempt to curb this, the government has been actively sending emails and SMS informing people not to share their details anywhere across random websites. Institutions such as banks are also making an active effort to keep their customers’ data safe from such malicious attacks.

According to reports by Google, the highest number of unsafe websites reported in February were 47,656 The websites until today deemed to be dangerous by safe browsing are 16,97,960.

But, it is not just the government or cybercrime officials’ task to maintain data privacy but also your duty as an individual to protect your own data against such actors. Since people around are working from home, they are bound to click on links and emails in search of information about happenings across the world.

Organizations have a high volume of data. This data is very important to the organizations and therefore, protecting it is pivotal. Organically, the next gen SIEM plays that role for you as you need to monitor your data, track it, create correlations out of them, perform threat intelligence, perform behaviour profiling, etc.

When a next gen SIEM works together with other technologies, integrating with threat intelligence providers, it will not only identify threats but also help you understand malicious stand points to protect your data.

DNIF next gen SIEM serves as a backbone to security, integrating with over 50 threat intelligence providers and other technologies. Tools like tactical data correlation, big data benefits, security response and automation and user and entity behaviour analytics.

Ideally, you should be selecting those which match your organization goals and also which improve your security operations. Ofcourse, what works best for you, works best for us. All we look for is protecting your data and providing you with the best. If you have any concern balancing it all, do let us know. We would love to help.

Be aware. Stay safe. Stay indoors

This pandemic has spread across the world and is a pressing issue. Here we are, all inquisitive and concerned about the epidemic. We all want to protect ourselves.

Threat actors are banking upon this fear and inquisitiveness. They can make the most out of this situation, leaving you helpless. Practice preventive measures and stay vigilant. Protect yourselves and your data.

If there’s anything we can do, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] we’re always happy to help.