New Infopaper gives tips on how to best protect your business

The year is coming to an end, and the earliest shoppers are thinking about what to give their loved ones for Christmas. Online stores and local businesses in turn are preparing for the high-volume, pre-Christmas business.

The last November weekend officially kicks off the season— with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many companies will offer special promotions for their customers on these days, in order to lure the deal hunters. But this season is not only extremely lucrative for companies, cybercriminals also look to collect a decent Christmas bonus. Again this year, the Hornetsecurity Security Lab is therefore preparing for a significant increase in cyberattacks on companies.

With the new paper “Cybercriminals in the run-up to Christmas – 5 tips on how to best protect your company”, the IT security experts provide helpful advice to ensure that the Christmas season does not spell trouble for businesses.

Bargain hunters watch out: Cybercriminals want to cash in

Since the advent of the coronavirus, it should be clear to everyone that cybercriminals like to leverage current events and hot news for their own purposes.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas are also events that attract public attention. They lure with discounts and promotions and appeal to our inner bargain hunters. It should come as no surprise that phishing e-mails in the name of major brands such as Amazon are particularly common. Last year, the Hornetsecurity Security Lab observed an increase in phishing e-mails in the name of Amazon between November and December:

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Companies are particularly vulnerable during the Christmas season

It can be assumed that companies in particular will not only have to prepare for an increase in phishing attacks via e-mail. After all, the repertoire of cybercriminals includes many more methods—such as DDoS attacks, where hackers use a flood of server requests to force the providers’ systems to its knees, which means some sales opportunities are lost.

In the following Infopaper, we explain the attacks that companies must increasingly expect and why they are becoming ever more dangerous.

Protect yourself now: