The year 2020, when the global economy met with the Coronavirus crisis, negatively affected many business sectors, while the current situation kept cyber security experts busier than ever before. Although Cybersecurity remained far from the main agenda, the cyber warfare area was more active than ever during the days of the quarantine. Hackers took the opportunities presented by the coronavirus pandemic to maximize phishing and ransomware attacks.
You can read our Rise of Cyber Security Attacks with COVID-19 blog post here.
The rapid rise of cyber-attacks has played a major role in the fact that millions of employees have left their workplaces and are locked in their homes. While 20% of cyber-attacks carried out since the beginning of the pandemic targeted those working from home, ransomware infuriated health institutions. '123456', which appeared among the most used passwords, pointed out that many individuals still do not pay due attention to the issue.
It turns out that many companies and institutions need to take precautions not only for coronavirus but also for cyber threats. Now let's look at the attacks that happened in 2020 and their results.
Travelex: As a result of the malware attack, the company had to suspend its activities, while all companies that made foreign exchange transactions on the platform were also affected by this cyber-attack.
Wawa: The personal information of the company's 30 million customers was seized and posted on the Internet in January 2020.
Denmark: In February, the tax numbers of 1.26 million citizens were accidentally leaked online from the Danish government's tax system.
General Electric: As a result of one of the company’s suppliers’ security vulnerability, employees’ information was leaked.
T-Mobile: A black hat hacker who gained access to employee email accounts has obtained employee and customers' information in March.
Nintendo: 160,000 user information was compromised in the cyberattack on user accounts. Nintendo announced that user information was stolen in April from the NNID (Nintendo Network ID Sign-in) account login system.
University of California: The University paid a $1.14 million ransom to cybercriminals to recover files related to Covid-19 research.
So what solutions can be applied against these attacks other than increasing system security? The answer is Certified Ethical Hackers, also known as white hat hackers. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a security expert who knows the techniques, methods, tools, and software used by hackers during their cyber-attacks and uses this knowledge and experience for Cybersecurity purposes. Let’s enlarge the scope of this subject and talk about the benefits of CEH certification and training and who can be a Certified Ethical Hacker.
Some of the Benefits of Certified Ethical Hacker Training and Certification
Gaining the ability to think like hackers
Having CEH certification will help you understand the mindset of a cybercriminal. It also gives you the skills and abilities to react as quickly as possible to threats and momentary events. Adopting this way of thinking allows you to understand how hacker attacks are carried out and to devise strategies to fight them.
Opportunity to pursue a career in information security
If you have a solid foundation in Cybersecurity or want to have these foundations, it's time to get CEH training and certification. CEH certification adds multiple dimensions to your IT career by increasing your IT security knowledge and learning about tools and techniques used by hackers. The increasing need for Cybersecurity encourages companies to recruit experts with this certificate.
Being prepared for security vulnerabilities and risks
While companies improve the security of their systems, cybercriminals also update themselves with the developing technology. Attacks on organizations often attack IT infrastructure by infiltrating detected vulnerabilities. Thanks to the CEH certificate, you can take precautions by understanding how hackers access your network, and you can prevent attacks before they happen thanks to the up-to-date information you have against these threats.
While we only mentioned a few benefits of CEH certification and course, this has already attracted some of you as a career goal, right? So who can become a Certified Ethical Hacker?
Who Can Be A Certified Ethical Hacker?
Candidates who want to become Certified Ethical hackers are required to have at least two years of work experience in the IT field. Without two years of experience, you can apply for the exam by studying CEH at an accredited training center or accredited academic institution. The purpose of these requirements is to prepare test takers and to eliminate Black Hat Hackers seeking certification. To obtain CEH certification, it is also recommended to have a strong working knowledge of TCP/IP and Windows Server. With the CEH course provided by Bilginç, you can become a White Hat Hacker and continue your career as a security expert desired by companies.
Thank you for reading our blog post where we talk about the losses suffered by companies due to hacker attacks in 2020 and CEH training and certification, which is one of the ways to minimize these losses. Click here to take a look at our Certified Ethical Hacker CEH v11 Masterclass Training.