NEW BRITAIN – The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce held a webinar Tuesday morning on the latest trends in covid-19-related cyber security and data protection threats to avoid.
Jeffrey Ziplow, from Chamber-member Blum Shapiro, spent the session diving into a number of topics like cyber facts and stats, the latest cyber trends, what you need to know, and the deep and dark web.
“We’ve been hearing a lot about ransomware and it’s clear to me that it’s a cybersecurity concern and issue that has transformed itself it the past couple years,” Ziplow said. “I know we all heard about Hartford and their ransomware attack and it caused a school delay.”
Ransomware encrypts your data and the hacker asks you to pay a ransom to get your encryption key.
“Where it has changed is before it gets to that point attackers are given the ability to review and extract information,” Ziplow said.
Ziplow suggests backing up your information separately and having a backup plan. Since covid-19, the FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes with 43% of them on small businesses, according to Ziplow.
“Under this new covid world that we’re living in, we have this whole area of being teleworkers and one of the things that I’ve always thought about is being a teleworker how do we validate that support that we need from IT folks is actually from the IT folks?” Ziplow said.
Ziplow suggests having a mechanism in place where you validate the IT, especially if they’re looking for password information.
“I recommend ignore it and pick up the phone and verify they need that information,” Ziplow said.
Ziplow suggests thinking of the internet as having three main layers. The first is the surface layer which is sites like Facebook and Instagram. Then there is the deep web and the dark web.
“This is where a lot of information is stored, bad information is stored and there is a particular browser that you need to use to access it,” Ziplow said. “The TOR (browser) allows for total anonymity and protects who you are; there is no tracing capability when you used this product.”
Ziplow also talked about the new data privacy/cyber security regulations and cyber security best practices to keep your personal and business information secure.
There was a question and answer session at the end of the webinar giving members a chance to ask additional questions and have open dialogue.