For many businesses, the drastic shift to working from home helped flatten the spread of COVID-19 - but it also left them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in June a “sophisticated and state-based cyber actor” had launched attacks on “all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure”.
If a further wake-up call was needed about cyber threats, this was it.
And it’s something Lynwen Connick, ANZ’s Chief Information Security Officer at ANZ, is all too familiar with.
Prior to joining ANZ in 2017, Lynwen worked at the federal department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and also for the Department of Defence so she’s highly qualified to provide tips on how businesses can keep themselves secure, both during this critical time and into the future.
“One of the things the Prime Minister said in his announcements about these attacks is this is a responsibility that all organisations have to take seriously,” Lynwen says. “It’s really important that people in organisations understand their role in keeping their organisation secure.”
Sadly, but all too commonly, times of hardship attract criminals.
“It’s really sad that cyber criminals take advantage of people and organisations when they’re more vulnerable, when you’ve got a crisis,” Lynwen says. “We saw this before the COVID-19 situation with the bushfires in Australia. There were criminals targeting people because they were vulnerable, when they might not be thinking correctly. And it’s happened again during COVID-19.”