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A “Once In a Lifetime Opportunity” For Cybercriminals


September 9, 2020

The cybersecurity workforce was short talent before the pandemic, and remote working made the task of those who remained harder. Now they are increasingly being taken away from their typical security duties to assist with other IT-related tasks, including equipping mobile workforces, according to an April survey from global nonprofit (ISC)2, the largest association of certified cybersecurity professionals. Nearly half of those surveyed had new tasks, and a quarter said that cybersecurity incidents increased since the transition to remote work, with some seeing as many as double the number of incidents. The pandemic is being called “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hackers and online scammers.” According to David Shearer, CEO of (ISC)2, hackers and cybercriminals outnumber security professionals badly. He suggests more outreach to recruit younger workers and more women.

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