According to Kaspersky, a major spike in network attacks took place in South Africa last week. Affected devices increased from 20,000-30,000 to about 310,000 in the period spanning from 15 – 21 March.
This has coincided with an increase in remote working in the country, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced first a National State of Disaster and then a 21-day lockdown.
“Remote working provides cybercriminals a prime opportunity to target devices, especially those that don’t necessarily have adequate IT security measures in place,” Maher Yamout, senior security researcher for the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky, said in an interview with MyBroadband.
“Such a spike recorded, although temporary, leads us to believe that cybercriminals have keenly been focused on the region given the current circumstances.”
Protecting your networking during lockdown
Kaspersky provided a variety of tips employees should follow when working remotely during the impending lockdown:
- Make use of a VPN to connect securely to the corporate network
- Use multi-factor authentication wherever possible
- Ensure all corporate devices – including mobiles, laptops and tablets are protected with adequate security software
- Segregate your personal devices/life from corporate computers
- Ensure the latest available updates are installed regularly
- Only use corporate-approved teleconferencing software
- Practice basic cybersecurity rules