Belarusian business has become more protected from cyber threats, but still not enough
As the representative of Kaspersky Lab in the Republic of Belarus Dmitry Kudrevich said at a press conference, a study conducted by company experts showed that Belarusians still do not fully understand how to protect themselves from possible cyber threats.
“About 25% of Belarusians seal the camera on a laptop when it is not needed, but at the same time 47% still provide applications on the phone with access to the camera and microphone,” Dmitry Kudrevich was surprised. Moreover, according to Kaspersky Lab, 63% of Belarusians prefer to register on sites and various services using an account on a social network rather than creating a new account.
It is clear that such behavior in life also affects the behavior of a person at work. For example, 11% of respondents during the study admitted that they provided a username and password for entering a work account to colleagues who are not representatives of the technical support service. Of these, 72% after that did not even think about changing the password. Another 25% of employees of Belarusian companies have downloaded applications or programs necessary for work from unofficial resources over the past year. And 6% used a corporate mailing address to register on sites to solve some kind of their issue, which is not related to work.
“From the point of view of information security of both business and private users, today the man himself remains the weakest link. Often, attackers do not have to crack anything, they resort to the old as the world of social engineering - as a result, people themselves give them all the necessary data. According to our survey alone, 23% of users in Belarus use the same password for all personal Internet accounts. And only a third of employees inform the relevant department about cases of infection of the corporate device. In the coming years, the threat landscape will change, and there will be plenty of risks for users. Cyber fraudsters are constantly mastering new platforms and inventing new tactics. That is why we believe that digital literacy is as important for employees and ordinary users as a reliable protective solution, ”said Dmitry Kudrevich.
Kaspersky Lab’s specialists also analyzed the main cyber threats that Belarus users have encountered in the past year. They emphasized that in 2019, 51% of Belarusian users were attacked by local threats (those that spread through flash drives, removable hard drives, etc.) (in the corporate segment, their share reaches 41%); the percentage of users who encountered attacks on the Internet was 42% (13% in the corporate segment).