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ISTANBUL (TR) - Cyber pirates used remote working as an opportunity with the pandemic. Cyber attacks, especially targeting people who work from home and companies that switched to remote working but have not enough cyber awareness, increased by 25% in April and May.
In April May, Berqnet Firewall, a member of the cybersecurity cluster of Turkey, set up a National Cyber Security Crisis desk and provided voluntary consultancy services to requests for assistance during April and May. The Cyber Security Crisis Desk, which provides free support to all sectors and personal users who are exposed to cyber-attack, suffering or want to take the necessary cyber measures, provided solutions to the demands of more than 200 companies and individual users from 37 different provinces in two months.
Stating that cyber attacks and ransom scams originating from Covid-19 are especially victims of companies that do not use any security tools while working remotely, Berqnet Deputy General Manager Artuğ Tikiç pointed out that the psychological impact caused by the cyber awareness deficit and pandemic makes many companies vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Tikic said, “When we looked at the questions and demands we received from more than 200 companies, we found that they were the target of ransomware attackers, unfortunately, because of companies and employees who worked remotely and had no secure network connections. Together with the lack of information about VPN services, individuals and institutions that have experienced fishing attacks also ranked high in requests. Looking at the sectors, raw material production, food, agriculture, automotive side-industry, consulting companies and logistics came to the fore.”
Stating that they had responded to questions and requests to support regarding victimization cases from all over Turkey with a security awareness developed with domestic and self-resources, Tikiç said, “We have worked hard to meet the demands and questions that have come, to be resolved, and to ensure that the right information about grievances in this difficult time goes from the right source. The most striking result of this process, especially small and medium-sized enterprises and individual users, was the vulnerability of cybersecurity. Unfortunately, nearly all of the requests came from small and medium-sized businesses or individual users who did not use any firewall. Research shows that 1 out of every 2 SMEs is exposed to different levels of a cyber attack. At this point, it is important to remember that not only the big companies but also every user who has access to the internet are targets for cyber hackers and to act consciously.”
Contact: Tülay Genç | [email protected] | +90 (850) 885 12 55
About Berqnet Firewall
Berqnet Firewall, which was founded after 35 years of LOGO Software and continues its studies, started its R&D studies in 2013 and launched its first product family in 2015 in order to produce solutions for the cyber security needs of businesses of all sizes. In Turkey, more than 900 dealers with more than 10,000 enterprises preferred by Berqnet Firewall Cyber Security products all local and area expert R & D staff by businesses of data and system security, trying to protect with the highest performance and most accurate solution.