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August 26, 2020 47 min

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, cyber threats are ever evolving. Yet the evolution has been particularly notable in the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of day to day life, with cybersecurity no exception. To talk about the state of the threat landscape, Kevin and Andrew welcome back returning guest SonicWall’s Brook Chelmo – armed with the Mid Year Update to SonicWall’s Cyber Threat Report. Brook discusses the latest cyber threat trends, from COVID-19 themed phishing emails & malware, to the troubling targeting of schools, governments, and other soft targets with ransomware. He also explains the continuing concern around internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities, and the difference between zero day and never before seen threats – plus much more.

Get the SonicWall 2020 Cyber Threat Report Mid-Year Update https://www.sonicwall.com/2020-cyber-threat-report/.

In cybersecurity headlines, we discuss more about coronavirus scams, how COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation, and take a trip to the DarkSide.

See the stories:

The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus crisis spawned more scams than any other event in the last decade
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/24/cybersecurity-202-coronavirus-crisis-spawned-more-scams-than-any-other-event-last-decade/

Microsoft says the pandemic has changed the future of cybersecurity in these five ways
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-says-the-pandemic-has-changed-the-future-of-cybersecurity-in-these-five-ways/

Beware This Sinister New ‘Dark Side’ $1 Million Cyber Threat, You Must
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/08/23/beware-of-the-dark-side-a-sinister-new-1-million-cybersecurity-threat-darkside-ransomware/#2733ea7c20e9

And finally, we debut a new segment, Ransomware Reckoning, hosted by a new Andrew, as we spotlight a particular ransomware case – this time affecting a beloved whiskey by the name of Jack Daniels. See the full story…
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/jack-daniel-s-manufacturer-was-target-of-apparent-ransomware-attack-1.1480295 

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