April 22, 2020: For this COVID-19 field report episode, we are joined by Ryan Kalember from Proofpoint where he is in charge of cybersecurity strategy. Ryan fills us in on the current landscape of cyber threats and what has changed during the pandemic and, interestingly, what has stayed the same. The coronavirus crisis has presented a huge opportunity for cybercriminals to exploit systems, using lures attached to all areas of the pandemic, however, as Ryan informs us, these lures use the same tactics with a different dressing. All of the ways in which phishing emails and attacks are conducted are the same as before this current period, it is the remote work model, overwork, and new systems that present refreshed opportunities for exploitation. In our conversation, we cover the range of ways bad actors are using these to their advantage and the trends in the cybersecurity space right now. Ryan takes us through the vulnerabilities that have become apparent during the last couple of months and shares some examples of how these can be taken advantage of. To finish off our chat, we look at the National Cyber Security Alliance and the focus of their work as well as how Ryan's position at Proofpoint fits into the larger picture of cybersecurity right now.
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