NATO cyber experts warn that the increase in the number of remote workers around the world due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic doubles the risk of cyberattacks.
NATO maintains two cyber cells in Estonia, which it created more than a decade ago in the wake of a series of cyber attacks that originated in neighboring Russia.
“The widespread demand for remote work has attracted spies, thieves and criminals,” NATO’s Center of Excellence for Cooperative Cyber Defense Yak Tarin told AFP.
He observed that increasing the amount of information flowing between enterprise servers and home networks creates new challenges for employers.
Tarin warned that “facing these new challenges is a complex matter that requires a lot of capabilities, in addition to a different approach.”
“In our endeavor to assess the extent of malign activity in the crowded cyberspace in the COVID-19 era, we are likely seeing only a small part” of the problem, he added.
And a European survey in September showed that nearly a third of workers work from home.
Staff at NATO’s CyberRing Center in Tallinn are making efforts to address these challenges. The Estonian Defense Forces are supervising the building of this center, which was fenced with barbed wire and tightly guarded around it.
The server rooms at this center provide a platform for NATO training courses in cybersecurity.
Tech disclosed that the most recent cyberattacks targeted the Estonian healthcare sector and the mobile phone digital identification system.
The pandemic also affected the work of electronic centers itself, as it caused the cancellation of field training courses.
However, NATO’s Cyber Defense Center is satisfied with the growing demand for its cybersecurity courses over the Internet.
Among these courses are “Combating a Robot Attack”, “Operational Resources in Confronting a Cyber Threat” and “How to Prevent Attacks and Defend Information Technology Systems”.
Since the first of September, 6,411 people attended these courses, and the center aims to reach the 10,000 threshold by the end of 2020.
The Cyber Defense Center was set up following a series of highly sophisticated cyber attacks on Estonian websites in 2007.