As we come towards the 8th month of 2021, Cyber security & protection has never been sought after so much due to ransomware attacks & data breaches becoming more and more prominent every single year. So, are data breaches really that common? Lets take a look at the statistics.

  • On April 14, 2020, the credentials of over 500,000 Zoom teleconferencing accounts were found for sale on the Dark Web.
  • On December 10, 2020, an undisclosed number of users of the audio streaming service, Spotify, have had their passwords reset after a software vulnerability exposed account information.

Now, Zoom and Spotify are heavily used apps, especially when the whole world went into lockdown from March 2020 and onwards. This is 2 examples of massive companies who are worth millions being attacked and compromised. This information can make small business owners think “Hackers will only target the big companies, because they’ll get the most money out of them.” WRONG! There is that many people capable of hacking now every business is vulnerable and that is why we have seen ransomware as a trending topic in the hacking industry. Lets take a look at some stats regarding the percentage of attacks over the course of 2020;

  • Scams increased by 400% over the month of March, making COVID-19 the largest-ever security threat.
  • Estimates show there have been as many as 192,000 coronavirus-related cyberattacks per week in May 2020 alone, a 30% increase compared to April.

As you can see, the light bulb went off in hackers heads due to the COVID 19 pandemic and they pounced on it, many people may think we’re coming out of COVID finally so the attacks may lessen but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With more people working between the office and their home, you and the business you are working for is more vulnerable to a potential cyber attack.

Please do the research and decided how to best protect your business. We are here to educate you and protect you at the same time. Remember IT isn’t a cost, IT’s an investment.