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Cyber Monday is Every Monday: Securing the ‘New Normal’

From eCommerce threats, to attacks at the smart edge, Fortinet researchers discuss the top evolving threats of 2020, heading into the new year.

Derek Manky

Though eCommerce threats are usually only top-of-mind during the holiday shopping season, researchers have been on high alert when it comes to cybercriminal activity in the retail space during all of 2020, due to troves of new shoppers and stores going online.

That’s according to Derek Manky, Chief of Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances, and Aamir Lakhani, Security Researcher at Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs, speaking during this week’s Threatpost podcast.

Aamir Lakhani

Manky said, with stores shutting down over the past year, and people staying home due to being nervous about COVID-19 safety protocols, researchers have observed an unprecedented influx of traffic on eCommerce platforms.

“Instead of normal ‘peaks’ and ‘plateaus,’ we’re seeing a much higher, consistent volume [of online shoppers],” said Manky.

“Every Monday this year in 2020 has been like a Cyber Monday for retailers,” added Lakhani. “They’re all exceeding traffic much more than they expected… attackers know there’s an opportunity to attack these retailers because they rely so heavily on eCommerce.”

Manky and Lakhani talk to Threatpost host Cody Hackett about recent security threats from this year – from work-from-home threats, such as home routers and smart speakers, to attacks at the smart edge, in this week’s sponsored podcast episode.

Listen to the full podcast below or download direct here.

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