Part 2: Security Magazine Covers Research Finding Uptick in Phishing Hacks

September 15, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article COVID-19 Related Vulnerabilities, Hacks & Cyberattacks

Hikvision Tips to Stay Safe from COVID-19 Related Vulnerabilities, Hacks & Cyberattacks


In yesterday’s HikWire blog, we covered new research findings that showed an uptick in phishing attacks since the pandemic hit earlier this year. The survey results were detailed in an article from Security magazine, with 53 percent of respondents seeing an increase in phishing attacks since the coronavirus pandemic began.

From the article: “Thirty-eight percent of respondents confirmed that a member of their organization had fallen victim to a phishing attack within the last year, and over a third (39 percent) feel that such an error reflects poorly on the victimized employee.” Research findings reinforce the need for employee cybersecurity training, added the article.

The survey found that 76 percent of companies conduct cybersecurity training, however 27 percent only conduct an annual training. To better improve identification of and response to phishing attacks, employees need additional training.

Phishing is the malicious use of social engineering to obtain sensitive information or access from an unsuspecting victim. This usually comes in the form of email, social media links, or other digital means that an attacker can use to trick a victim. Hikvision covered phishing basics and examples to help you identify phishing emails in this article.


Hikvision Tips to Stay Safe from Vulnerabilities & Cyberattacks
Hikvision’s 4-part blog series covered COVID-related vulnerabilities and cyberattacks, and can be found here. The article links to several blogs and offers tips to stay safe from our senior director of cybersecurity.

Phishing attacks grew exponentially beginning as early as February 2020, as outlined in this Hikvision blog.

Hikvision tips to prevent vulnerabilities and to boost cybersecurity include:

  • Create good, complex passwords.
  • Use a password manager to create and store those passwords so you don’t have to reuse them.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) everywhere you can to add another layer of protection when you log into websites and applications. Typically, we log into things with a username and password, however, there are three problems with this method:
  1. If a threat actor can get your password, they can access your account.
  2. Users tend to create easily-guessed passwords.
  3. Users tend to reuse passwords across multiple accounts, leaving them vulnerable to Credential Stuffing Attacks.

For more Hikvision cybersecurity insights, visit this link.

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