LETTER: Staying safe as COVID-19 and Cyber Monday collide - SaltWire Network

LETTER: Staying safe as COVID-19 and Cyber Monday collide - SaltWire Network

COVID has cancelled many things, but Cyber Monday is not one of them. Surveys from Accenture and Salesforce indicate holiday shopping has started much earlier this year amid “smaller budgets and concerns about supply chain disruptions.”


This massive shopping day brings with it a quiet and cunning threat from cyber criminals. Retail is an attractive target for cyber-attacks. A report from Verizon found financial motivations lay behind 86 per cent of attacks.


While Cyber Monday — Nov. 30 — provides an elixir to wash away a horrible year for businesses, before we gleefully celebrate the holiday seemingly designed with COVID-19 in mind, nobody can afford to let their guard down.



As mobile, home and personal device capabilities have shifted to accommodate telework, people are putting more than just their personal information at risk.



Scammers take advantage of the sense of urgency, fear of missing out and exuberance that settles in on the collective consciousness of consumers. The one-day sale gives consumers less time to legitimize the source of offers and increases their chances of becoming victims.


What makes this year a bigger threat than usual is the rise of remote work since the pandemic. Provinces are experiencing record high cases and many hotspots are reverting back to stricter lockdowns. When it comes to working remotely, for many companies, “away” is here to stay.


As mobile, home and personal device capabilities have shifted to accommodate telework, people are putting more than just their personal information at risk. They also risk the potential of giving access to their companies’ data.


For Canadians to feel secure online, it’s important to know the simple steps to protect themselves, their workplace and their devices. Meanwhile, businesses need to take a proactive approach to combat ransomwar ..