What are the cybersecurity risks in a pandemic? Read on to learn more.
Cybersecurity Risks in a Pandemic
Home Setups are Often Insecure
It’s estimated that at least half of home devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks, including smart appliances, thermostats, security systems, and more.
The problem is that there are too many devices on the market that are not secure or are easily hackable. It’s estimated that there are billions of devices connected to the Internet.
Worse yet is the threat of hacking into your home’s security system. Hacking into a home security system can allow criminals to control your alarm settings or disable them completely.
Criminals could also get access to your cameras and essentially spy on you. Or they can disable your alarm so they have time to break in while you’re away from the house.
The Internet Is Crucial for Medical Care in a Pandemic
Medical professionals rely heavily on the Internet to diagnose and treat patients. Many hospitals and doctors’ offices use online medical records. For one, it allows them to share health information with other physicians.
They can also store patient records in one place instead of having them scattered through different offices and storage facilities around town (or even across state lines).
Online medical records also allow patients to view their health information when they need to go see a physician or look up a medical condition online.
Patients can even send their health information back and forth with their doctors in real-time when they need to ask questions or discuss treatment plans over the phone.
But, cybercriminals are also working hard to hack this infrastructure. In this case, medical records were compromised through the online health care portal of a major hospital system.
In particular, the hacker(s) reportedly found a vulnerability in the system’s software that allowed them to access patient records.
Using Personal Devices for Work
Many employees are bringing their own devices into work for one reason or another. Maybe they need to check personal email or watch a video.
Whatever the reason, it can be risky because these devices are not kept up to date with the latest security patches. Most of the time, they are not even protected by antivirus software, so malicious software can infect them.
Unencrypted File Sharing
There are lots of reasons why people share information online, whether it’s for work or personal reasons.
It can be something as simple as sharing photos, or it can be something more complex, like exchanging documents.
Many people use unencrypted file sharing to share files with others. This is especially common when lots of people need to access the same information at the same time.
But, unencrypted file sharing means that anyone can access the file without having to hack into the system – they just have to be able to access it directly.
There is no doubt that we need the Internet to survive in today’s society. But we also need to make sure we’re using it safely and smartly.
If you want to learn more about keeping your home and family safe from cyberattacks, I urge you to check out more articles on our blog.