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Hacking on the rise amid Covid as you work from home

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In the time of Covid-19, several families stay home to stay safe. Parents log into their work systems, as kids show up for class on their e-learning devices. With this new-normal set-up, industry experts are flagging another safety concern: Cyber safety.

Are you protected from hackers and online threats? A recent study of Internet activity in the region has found a whopping 751 per cent increase in ‘unsafe clicks’ when the Covid-19 outbreak started from January to March.

There was a 36 per cent rise in spam from February to March and a 22 per cent jump in malware, according to the Mimecast Threat Centre, which crunched the numbers from data collected from the Middle East and North Africa.

What you can do about it

With a distributed workforce and an abundance of scams doing the rounds, organisations need to take steps to adequately train employees on spotting these threats. Security awareness training has therefore become increasingly important.

DUBAI SAW SPIKE IN E-CRIMES AS RESIDENTS STAYED HOME: POLICE Hesham Salah

As most residents stayed home amid Covid-19, the Dubai Police have seen a rise in cybercrime reports this year, an officer has said.

IS WORK-FROM-HOME HERE TO STAY?

The work-from-home (WFH) culture that emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed several companies to enforce digital transformation.

– Ensure devices and systems are fully protected

– Enable web filtering

– Create a secure connection back to the office: All the data transferred between the home user and the office network must be encrypted and protected in transit.

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