New Research Uncovers Cybercrime Capitalising on the Convergence of COVID-19 and 2020 Election
SYDNEY, Australia - October 21 2020 - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today released the results of its sixth Global Incident Response Threat Report, entitled: "The Cybersecurity Tipping Point: Election, COVID-19 Create Perfect Storm for Increasingly Sophisticated Cyberattacks."
The research found the cybersecurity challenges of the global pandemic are now colliding with the 2020 U.S. presidential election resulting in a surge of cyberattacks. As eCrime groups grow more powerful, these attacks have grown increasingly sophisticated and destructive – respondents reported that 82 percent of attacks now involve instances of counter incident response (IR), and 55 percent involve island hopping, where an attacker infiltrates an organisation’s network to launch attacks on others within the supply chain.
“The disruption caused by COVID-19 has created a massive opportunity for criminals to restructure their businesses,” said Tom Kellermann, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, VMware Carbon Black. “The rapid shift to a remote world combined with the power and scale of the dark web has fueled the expansion of eCrime groups. And now ahead of the election, we are at cybersecurity tipping point, cybercriminals have become dramatically more sophisticated and punitive focused on destructive attacks.”
Data for the report is based on an online survey of eighty-three incident response (IR) and cybersecurity professionals from around the world in September 2020. The key survey findings from IR and cybersecurity professionals include:
For more on the evolving threat landscape and best practices for IR and security teams looking to fight back, download the full report here.
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VMware September 2020 Survey Methodology
VMware Carbon Black conducted an online survey about trends in incident response and election security in September 2020. Eighty-three Incident Response (IR)and cybersecurity professionals from around the world participated. Percentages in certain questions exceed 100% because respondents were asked to check all that apply. Due to rounding, percentages used in all questions may not add up to 100%.
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1. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, “Protect #2020 Countering Foreign Influence Task,” February 2020
Senior Manager Communications, VMware ANZ