CybeReady, a global leader in security awareness training, has identified five critical measures to combat the anticipated surge in cybercriminal activity coinciding with Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The company aims to protect personal and corporate data integrity during this peak online shopping season.
The company warns that the period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday is known for an increase in cybercriminal tactics. This year, there has been a noticeable rise in reported fraudulent activities, indicating unprecedented risks associated with email scams, ransomware, e-commerce infrastructure attacks, and data skimming.
In an effort to safeguard organizations and individuals during this elevated threat landscape, CybeReady recommends five essential defenses. Firstly, the company emphasizes the need for in-depth cyber risk assessments to ensure the integrity of the digital environment. These assessments should include thorough checks on e-commerce platforms for potential vulnerabilities, such as outdated software or insecure data transfer channels.
Secondly, the company stresses the importance of a tailored cybersecurity plan specifically for Black Friday. This plan calls for collaboration between marketing and security teams to improve website security and facilitate authentic customer communication.
Thirdly, CybeReady advocates for comprehensive automated data security and compliance monitoring through automated security tools to identify and respond to threats in real-time. It is also advised to use AI-driven systems for abnormal access pattern detection.
Fourthly, the company emphasizes the necessity of regular updates of web applications and plugins to mitigate risks by closing known vulnerabilities and preventing attacks.
Lastly, CybeReady suggests promoting safe online shopping practices amongst employees, providing education on phishing risks and highlighting the importance of verifying the authenticity of websites and apps.
In order to assist organizations in structuring their corporate defense strategies, CybeReady has developed a free Black Friday CISO Toolkit. The toolkit recommends certain safety habits to employees, such as typing URLs manually, using official shopping applications, checking for secure website markers such as a lock next to a URL, using safe third-party payment methods, avoiding clicking on links in after-purchase communications, and regularly checking financial accounts for any unsolicited transactions.
Michal Gil, Head of Product at CybeReady, underscores the continuous threat of cyberattacks, particularly during events with heightened online activity like Black Friday. The focus goes beyond securing transactions to preserving the trust and integrity of businesses in the eyes of consumers. By following the provided guidance, organizations can enhance their preparedness to address and conquer the evolving challenges posed by cyber threats during such events.
Michal Gil explains, “While the threat of cyberattack is omnipresent throughout the year, it is especially high during events with increased online activity like Black Friday. It’s not just about safeguarding transactions but also about maintaining the trust and integrity of businesses in the eyes of consumers. With this guidance, organizations can effectively be better prepared to face and overcome these emerging cyber challenges.”