How phishing attacks target remote workers

Unfortunately, as employees adapt to the huge changes brought on by COVID-19 and social distancing, there are those who have sought to exploit the situation for their own gain.

According to a recent Mimecast report, email-borne impersonation fraud attacks increased by 30 per cent amongst firms surveyed in the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also known as ‘phishing’, this method involves infiltrating systems by replicating known authentication processes and tricking users into handing over their log in credentials. Phishing is both highly effective and hugely disruptive, with 82 per cent of firms having experienced downtime as the result of an email attack.