Cybersecurity firm warns of risks as employees work at home

AS THE Covid-19 outbreak deepens and employees are urged to work from home, global cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky is encouraging companies to beef up their cybersecurity measures.

“While medical experts are rushing to find a cure against the novel coronavirus, it is clear that cybercriminals are equally busy trying new techniques and tactics to milk money on organizations and individuals by exploiting the public panic on this current pandemic. Our detections in the Asia Pacific region is just the tip of the iceberg. We urge everyone to keep calm but be very cautious at the same time,” said Stephan Neumeier, managing director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky, in a statement.

In Asia Pacific, Kaspersky has detected 93 coronavirus-related malware in Bangladesh, 53 in the Philippines, 40 in China, 23 in Vietnam, 22 in India and 20 in Malaysia. Single-digit detections were monitored in Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Thailand.

David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky, encouraged companies to be particularly vigilant at this time, and employees who are working at home to exercise caution.

“It is a known fact that once devices are taken outside of a company’s network infrastructure, and is connected to new networks and Wifi, the risks to corporate information increase. It is high time that we boost not only our physical immunity but also our networks’ security against these damaging attacks,” Neumeier added. (KOC with PR)


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