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CLIMATE CHANGE BIGGEST THREAT TO NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITES



LIFESTYLE NEWS - Climate change has become the biggest threat to UN-listed natural world heritage sites like glaciers and wetlands, and has pushed Australia's Great Barrier Reef into "critical" condition, conservationists said Wednesday.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revealed in a new report that shifts due to the changing climate now imperil a full third of the 252 UNESCO-listed natural sites around the globe.




Overall, 94 of the sites are facing significant or critical risk from a wide range of factors - including tourism, hunting, fire and water pollution - marking an increase from the 62 listed in the previous study published in 2017.

The study also hinted that the Covid-19 pandemic was taking a toll on some of the world's most beautiful and precious natural places.

However, climate change is by far the biggest single threat.

It constitutes a high or very high risk factor at 83 of the sites, and has thus overtaken invasive and non-native species, which topped the threat list three years ago.





The report "reveals the damage climate change is wreaking on natural World Heritage, from shrinking glaciers to coral bleaching to increasingly frequent and severe fires and droughts," IUCN director-general Bruno Oberle said in a statement.

"This report signals the urgency with which we must tackle environmental challenges together at the planetary scale."

The coronavirus crisis had showed the need for the global community to "stand together and work as one for the common good," the IUCN report said.

Covid impact

Since its assessment had begun before the novel coronavirus first surfaced late last year, IUCN said it had systematically recorded how the crisis was affecting the World Heritage sites.




But the report said it was becoming clear that the pandemic and associated restrictions were impacting or had the potential to impact more than 50 of the sites.

Some of the effects were positive, "most notably a decrease in pressure from tourism visitation on natural ecosystems," it said, warning though that "negative factors are numerous."

It pointed to how the closing of sites to tourism were causing a significant loss of revenues and livelihoods, as well as how limits on in-person staffing had led to reduced control over illegal activities.

"These factors are increasing the risk of wildlife poaching and illegal use of natural resources, with incidents recorded in some sites since the pandemic," the report said.

Overall, the study found that 30 percent of the sites faced "significant" threats, and seven percent are considered "critical", meaning they "require urgent, additional and large-scale conservation measures" to be saved.

Alarmingly, two new sites have been moved up into the critical category since 2017, including the world's largest coral reef.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has seen dramatic coral decline amid ocean warming, acidification and extreme weather, which in turn has resulted in shrinking populations of marine species, the report found.

Protected areas in Mexico's Gulf of California are also among the sites now deemed in critical condition, joining the likes of the Everglades National Park in the United States and Lake Turkana in Kenya, which already figured on the list.

 

The IUCN report said climate change had also exacerbated the spread of invasive species in a number of areas, including South Africa's Cape Flora Region Protected Areas.

Brazil's Pantanal Conservation Area was meanwhile badly damaged by unprecedented wildfires in 2019 and 2020.

Meanwhile, the rapidly-melting Kaskawulsh Glacier had altered the river course, depleting fish populations in the Kluane site in Canada and the United States.

The IUCN report found that eight sites had improved since 2017, but double as many have deteriorated in that time.

 

 

Article featured in Knysna-Plett Herald courtesy of Nina Larson, AFP


Notice of publication - draft Declaration of Crypto Assets as a financial product



The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) on 20 November 2020 published the draft Declaration of Crypto Assets as a financial product, to be made in terms of paragraph (h) of the definition of financial product as defined in section 1 of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (37 of 2002), as set out in the Schedule.

The effect of declaring crypto assets as a financial product under the FAIS Act is that –

·         any person furnishing advice or rendering intermediary services in relation to crypto assets must be authorised under the FAIS Act as a financial services provider (FSP); and

·         any person so authorised, including its representatives, must comply with the relevant FAIS requirements, e.g. the requirements of the General Code of Conduct for Authorised Financial Services Providers and Representatives, 2003 (General Code), the the Determination of Fit and Proper Requirements, 2017 (F&P Requirements), etc.

Crypto Assets means any digital representation of value that can be digitally traded, or transferred, and can be used for payment or investment purposes, but excluding digital representations of fiat currencies or securities that already fall within the definition of financial product.


Here's how cyclists are protected from 'car dooring'



Bicycles and cars share a troubled road relationship at the best of times, and while cyclists riding two or more abreast can make car drivers see red, the tables are turned when cyclists become the victims of “car dooring”.

That’s when inattentive drivers or passengers open the door of a stationary car into the path of a cyclist or motorcyclist, and it apparently causes thousands of accidents around the world each year. According to Ford, car dooring caused about 3,500 accidents in Germany in 2018 and results in 60 cyclists being killed or seriously injured in the UK every year.

In a bid to prevent this type of accident, Ford is to introduce an Exit Warning system for its cars that detects road users approaching from the rear and provides visual and audible alerts.

Using existing sensors that check the car’s blind spots, Exit Warning detects road users approaching on both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. An alarm sounds to warn the car occupant of danger, while bright red LEDs on the side mirror and door flash as a visual warning for cyclists.

The company is also working on a mechanism to momentarily prevent the door from fully opening until the Exit Warning system determines the passing road user is safely clear of the vehicle.

Ford’s prototype system is similar to the Safe-Exit Assist already offered by Kia and Hyundai, which won’t let occupants open the door if there’s traffic approaching from behind. The system is available in the new-generation Kia Sorento and Hyundai Tucson, which are headed for SA next year.

Ford plans to implement Exit Warning after testing the technology in the coming months, but hasn’t said which of its vehicles will offer the feature.

It’s part of Ford’s “Share The Road” campaign that seeks to foster harmony between motorists and bikers.

Ford also recently came up with the prototype Emoji Jacket, a wearable that features a brightly lit LED mesh panel to display emojis, indicators and the hazard warning symbol. The jacket enables cyclists to more easily and clearly signal their intent — and their feelings — to drivers and other road users.

The company has also produced an award-winning virtual reality experience so that drivers and cyclists can better understand the challenges of each other’s journeys.

“WheelSwap” enables motorists and cyclists to see how inconsiderate driving and riding can be at the least hair-raising — and potentially fatal — for their fellow road users. Initial studies show that after undergoing the experience, nearly all participants said they would change their behaviour.

 

Article courtesy of safrica24.com


Understanding the excess linked to your insurance





When signing up for short-term insurance products, one of the first aspects to consider is whether or not you have to pay an excess when submitting a valid claim. Excess is the first amount clients have to pay when claiming from their policies in the event of an incident. 

If you are using short-term insurance products, it’s important to evaluate your lifestyle when deciding if you want to pay an excess or not. High-risk profile clients are often prepared to pay higher premiums with no excess due to the frequency of their claims while low-risk clients are prepared to increase their excess as the likelihood of them claiming is a lot lower and they will benefit from paying lower monthly premiums.

As insurance is comprised of the contributions of many to one pool of funds to pay the claims of a few, excess helps deter multiple claims on small incidents. In this way, people are encouraged to claim from their insurance policy to cover financial loss in a significant event. 

That said, insurance companies have found that some people get into the habit of claiming for very small incidents. To prevent multiple small claims, insurance companies advise to rather use insurance policies in the event of a significant financial loss. 

Additionally, clients pay an excess for two reasons: firstly, to eliminate small value claims and the administrative cost involved when processing a claim, and, second, to make the client co-responsible to ensure they manage their insurance portfolio effectively.

In the case of vehicle insurance, the reality in South Africa is that 70% of cars on the road are not insured. So, if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation where someone without an insurance policy has driven into you, your insurance company will not be able to recover the money or excess from the other party as they don’t have insurance and also cannot afford paying for your damage themselves.

Drivers should also keep in mind that the excess on your policy is also linked to your age and the length of time you’ve had your drivers’ license. An additional excess may apply if a client has had their driver’s license for less than two years. New drivers and drivers under the age of 25 should examine the insurance quote to look at the excess structure because there could be more than one excess.

Some insurance companies will also apply additional excess if a vehicle is stolen. This could be calculated at a percentage of the value of the vehicle. Some insurers, however, normally do not apply additional excess for theft and works on a flat excess structure. 

While paying a lower premium each month is great, paying a little extra to buy down your excess or to have zero excess could help if you do find yourself in a tight financial situation when needing to claim. Santam and other Insurers offers a zero excess benefit for all clients 55 years or older, irrespective of employment status. 

Doing insurance good and proper means giving clients peace of mind in the event of an accident.

For assistance or more information regarding your motor vehicle excess visit www.esbrokers.co.za

Article featured in FAnews by Marius Neethling, personal lines underwriting manager at Santam

Reducing blood alcohol limits to zero won't improve road safety, says AA



Proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Act to reduce the legal blood alcohol limits for drivers to zero will criminalise innocent motorists, and is unlikely to have the results authorities think it will.

This is the view of the Automobile Association (AA) in response to the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, published at the end of October.

Included in the Bill is an amendment of Section 65 which effectively changes the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers from 0.05 grams per 100ml to 0.00g/100ml, and the breath alcohol concentration from 0.24g/1000ml also to zero.

“These proposed changes are concerning on a number of levels and though the stated reason for the change is the promotion of road safety, within the current framework of traffic law enforcement, nothing will change, except that innocent drivers are likely to be criminalised,” notes the AA.

“For instance, someone who is using medication which contains alcohol will now be arrested, charged and possibly prosecuted for having a small dose of alcohol in their blood while their driving ability has not been impaired.”

The association says the proposed amendment is again making motorists soft targets for traffic law enforcers, and that the desired outcomes of improved road safety will not be met.

“How will traffic law enforcement change to accommodate this proposed amendment? And, perhaps more importantly, how will a single piece of legislation change drivers' attitudes when nothing else around traffic law enforcement changes at the same time?

“Without proper and implementable actions, we don’t believe the amendments relating to the alcohol levels will have a material impact on our abysmal road fatality statistics,” says the AA.

The average of 13,000 deaths on our roads annually is a national crisis and amending this one piece of legislation is not going to make a difference.

 

Automobile Association (AA)

The association says simply drafting legislation does not equate to meaningful road safety intervention and that other more important steps must be taken. These include:

  • a more intense, widespread and constant focus on national road safety education;
  • an increase in the number of traffic law enforcement officers; and
  • improved prosecution of current drunk driver cases.

Another important aspect of effective traffic policing is to ensure law enforcement is visible and active around known areas of drinking and driving, and that proper action is taken against offenders.

The association notes: “We need to be in a situation where people are afraid to drive if they have been drinking, and we stand by our messaging of 'drink or drive'. However, within this framework – and the interventions we have outlined – we believe a reduction of the BAC limit to 0.02g/100ml would be a more effective, just, and appropriate approach to drunk driving in the country.”

The AA says motorists who drink and drive must assume they will be arrested because there are many alternatives available to those who want to drink and still be mobile. But, it adds, legally reducing the BAC to zero is not the answer.

“We cannot have a situation where authorities are amending legislation in the hope that this will change our shocking crash statistics. The average of 13,000 deaths on our roads annually is a national crisis and amending this one piece of legislation is not going to make a difference unless those interventions we mention all the time are also implemented,” says the AA.

The association says it will be commenting on the proposed amendments and making submissions to parliament before the November 20 deadline.

 

Article courtesy of SAafrica24.com

Cyber security culture the best defence



People have the potential to be an organisation’s best defence against cyber threats and fraud. This is especially true as companies continue to embrace work-from-home models and hybrid office and remote working structures.

 

With perimeter security lines blurred, more people being left to their own devices, and most cyber threats leveraging the human factor, building a cyber secure culture should be at the heart of effective cyber risk management.

 

“Many cybercriminals target individuals through malware and phishing scams, putting employees on the frontline of the fight against cybercrime. It is evident in the scourge of cybercrime since March that work-from-home models have made companies, their people and their data vulnerable. However, suppose cyber security is a culture within your organisation. In that case, it does not matter whether your employees at the office, at home or a bit of both,” says Charl Ueckermann, who has recently been appointed as Group CEO at AVeS Cyber International.

 

Inculcating a cyber secure culture has its roots in training staff on the dos and the don’ts around their use of technology and data resources. Yet, many companies are not providing ongoing cyber security training, despite the increased risks associated with remote working.

 

A survey by Malwarebytes, Enduring from home: Covid-19’s impact on business security, showed that 44% of companies did not provide cyber security training focused on the potential threats of working from home and 55% of company leaders cited the need to train employees on how to securely work at home as the top challenge.

 

“The dilemma is that cyber security is a difficult concept to grasp. People struggle to believe in what they cannot smell, taste or feel. Similarly, the average user of technology cannot hear, see, smell, touch, and taste cyber threats. They feel removed and untouched by them. That is until they are impacted by a cyber incident, data breach, fraud or identity theft.

 

“That is why developing a cyber secure culture, where everyone at every level of the organisation buys-into and participates in the cyber security strategy, is more effective than merely having a tick-box approach to cyber security awareness training. When cyber security becomes a culture in an organisation, two things happen: employees understand their role in the cyber security strategy, and they know how management expects them to respond to incidents.

 

“Culture is developed from strongly held value systems that are strategically supported. When safety forms part of your business values, your business continuity, the integrity of your data and sustainability of your business becomes a culture. These values must be driven from the top and be reinforced by both structure and strategy to ultimately shape employee perceptions and behaviour.

 

“Management plays an instrumental role in shaping and sustaining a strong cyber secure culture. If a company’s leadership does not buy into the importance of a cyber secure culture, it is unlikely that employees will,” explains Ueckermann.

 

Citing a 2020 Gartner report The Urgency to Treat Cybersecurity as a Business Decision, says company leaders are realising globally that they need to change how they approach cyber security and risk management.

 

“For decades, IT and business have been separated, with few senior managers or execs understanding the impact that cyber security, or lack thereof, had on the business. This is changing, and company leaders realise that cyber security is not solely a technological issue. It is a business issue that can’t simply be addressed with a few add-on solutions. It must be integrated and aligned with the business objectives. People, processes and technology all work together to form a secure culture.”

 

Ueckermann concludes: “Inculcating a cyber secure culture can create a stronger defence against cyber threats than the most robust technologies or any single policy or procedure. Start building a robust cyber secure culture by embracing cyber security as a core business value, making it a key organisational priority, and reinforcing its importance through ongoing communication, clearly defining policies and procedures, and investing in training.”


For queries or quotes regaring Cyber Risk Insurance please contact our offices via the following methods:
Tel:                   0315021922
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e-mail:              andrew@esbrokers.co.za
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Article courtesy of IT on line,  by Charles Uechermann

How has Covid-19 changed your business risk profile?



After more than seven months of one of lockdowns, South African businesses have shown that they can adapt to dramatically changed circumstances.

As the country moves between different levels of lockdown, circumstances continue to change, and business continue to adjust.

An easily recognisable pivot, for instance, was that of clothing manufacturers who started producing cloth masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers and the general public. However, in most scenarios where businesses pivot, their risk profile change, and their insurance requirements also change.

Here are a few scenarios and how they would change a business insurance risk profile:

A clothing store that switched to an online distribution model

Switching to an online distribution model carries new risk related to how you store your customers’ data, particularly considering the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

From 1 July 2020, South African companies have less than one year to ensure compliance with POPIA, which targets the containment of negligent usage or the misuse of personal data, as well as the protection of privacy rights.


A restaurant that started incorporating deliveries to replace sit-down meals

The restaurant would have to buy delivery vehicles such as motorbikes to deliver the meals. It would have to contact its broker or insurer to add the delivery vehicles to its insured assets and would also need to take out the appropriate vehicle insurance to cover the increased risk due to the change in profile of the business.


Physical addition of perspex dividers and security gates to reinforce physical distancing

The additions of perspex dividers and security gate could potentially improve the security profile of the business. It is extremely important to advise your broker or insurer of additions and alterations to the insured property, while the contractor is on site as well as making sure that the appropriate short-term insurance cover is in place during the alterations, in complying with Covid-19 regulations.


Furniture companies which saw increased sales during the lockdown

As more people started working from home, the sales of furniture such as chairs and office desks spiked. Furniture companies would have had to contact their broker or insurer to advise them of a change in order frequency as well as the increased stock kept in storage. These companies may also have had to increase their transit insurance since the furniture remains the liability of the company until it is delivered to the buyer.


Companies who pivoted to use their vehicles for deliveries

If companies were specifically now offering their vehicles as delivery vehicles on behalf of other companies and not just for own use, they would need to advise their broker or insurer of the change in use of vehicle as well as take out transit insurance for any goods that they transport.

The overall effect of the new work-from-home policies is that previously there were some assets that were typically kept at work such as printers or desktop computers.

If you have now given your employee permission to take and use those assets at home, you have to inform your broker or insurer so they can extend the cover on those assets to all risks cover or extend the policy to cover these assets while they are in the possession of your employees.

The world in which your business operates and the way in which it operates is going to change faster than ever before. Just as your business had to adapt to a ‘new normal’, you need to regularly step back, reassess your risk and make sure that you adapt your insurance so that you are correctly and adequately covered.

For assistance with identifying the risks facing your profile please contact us on any of the following methods:
* Telephone  0315021922
* Whatsapp   0824508720
* Email          
andrew@esbrokers.co.za
* Website       www.esbrokers.co.za

 

 

 

Article featured in Insurance on line, written by Malesela Maupa, Head of Product and Insurer Relationships at FNB Insurance Brokers


A Guide to Your South African Passport Application and Renewal

Please note that due to COVID-19, Home Affairs is inundated with queries. Passport applications are currently taking longer than usual to process, so we encourage you to apply for your passport more than six months in advance.


Passports cannot be renewed once they expire; you will need to apply for a new one. South African citizens can apply via the eHomeAffairs website. Please note, you will need internet banking to proceed with your online passport application. Applicants will have to go to a Home Affairs branch to capture their biometrics and collect their passport. Alternatively, you can record your biometrics and collect your passport at specific Absa, FNB, Standard Bank or Nedbank branches. Whether you’re applying for a passport for the first time or doing a passport renewal, follow these easy steps and you’ll be booking your ticket to your dream destination in no time!

How to apply for your South African passport online



1. Register your account

·       Simply go to the eHomeAffairs website and register.

·       Create a profile

·       Answer the security questions

·       Create a password

·       Capture the OTP (one-time pin) sent to your cellphone

·       Finally, attach a copy of your ID

2. Make payment

·       Enter your bank account details on the eHomeAffairs site.

·       You will then be required to log in to your internet banking to authorise the payment.

·       Log in to your internet banking account: go to the “My Bills” option under “Payments” to initiate the payment instruction.

·       Add the Department of Home Affairs as a beneficiary, and a payment instruction will appear under “My Bills”.

·       Finally, enter your reference number and approve the R400 payment to the Department of Home Affairs.

3. Record your biometrics

Option 1: Home Affairs Branch

·       Once the Department of Home Affairs has registered your payment you will be eligible to proceed with your biometrics data – two thumbprints, a photo and your signature.

·       You do not need to make an appointment at Home Affairs. Simply go to your local branch to have your biometrics done.

·       You will need to take your ID book with you to the Home Affairs branch.

Option 2: Home Affairs-Equipped Bank Branch

·       Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria residents can make an appointment for their biometrics at their local bank branch once their payment has been registered (see below).

·       You will be given a choice of time slots. Once you’ve selected a time slot, you will be sent a confirmation via SMS and email.

·       Take your ID book and confirmation email or SMS with you when going to your local bank branch.

4. Wait for an SMS or email

You will receive a notification that your passport is ready for collection at the Home Affairs or bank branch where your biometrics were captured.





When to apply for your passport:

Most countries require that travellers have at least six months validity on their passport beyond their date of departure. Therefore, you are advised to apply for or renew your South African passport at least six months in advance.

Passport fees:

First-time application for a passport: R400

Application for a new passport (with old passport): R400

Application for a new passport (if passport is lost): R800

South African Passport application requirements:

·       A copy of your ID

·       Passport fee

·       Your old passport (if you have one)

With eHomeAffairs services available, your South African passport application and passport renewal process should prove to be a simple and easy task to do before booking your flight to your dream destination.

Biometrics equipped bank branches:

Branch

City

ABSA Centurion Lifestyle

Centurion

Absa Tower North

Johannesburg

Absa Gandhi Square

Johannesburg

FNB President Street West

Johannesburg

FNB Merchant Place, Rivonia

Johannesburg

FNB Centurion Lifestyle

Centurion

FNB Lynwood (The Grove Mall)

Pretoria

Standard Bank Centurion

Centurion

Standard Bank Killarney, Rosebank

Johannesburg

Standard Bank Canal Walk

Cape Town

Nedbank Lakeside Mall

Benoni

Nedbank Sandown

Johannesburg

Nedbank Arcadia

Pretoria

 

 

Don’t forget to book your Travel Insurance. Our COVID Travel Insurance (max 31 day cover) is available through ES Brokers.
www.esbrokers.co.za

 

Article courtesy of Travelstart by Mandy Alexander – dated 5 September 2018


Vehicle insurance woes in a time of licence backlogs



The backlog with issuing drivers’ licences has left many people concerned that their car insurance would not pay in case of damage if they do not have valid drivers’ licences.


It would appear that most of the country’s vehicle insurers are willing to give consumers the benefit of the doubt for now, if they happen to get involved in a fender bender while driving without a valid licence.

Hard lockdown measures that were in force since 26 March 2020 meant that any licences and permits requiring renewal could not be processed.


Fikile Mbalula, minister of transport, published guidelines on 20 May 2020 in terms of the Disaster Management Act which offered a validity extension to all licence and permit-holders who could not apply for renewals between 26 March and 31 May.


Licencing and driving licence test centres were only allowed to operate again from 1 June, with many operating at reduced capacity while working through the backlog of applications. A further extension has not been announced, while the number of expired licences and permits increase, meaning that more people will be using the country’s roads without valid licences.


In response, Natasha Kawulesar, head of client relations at Outsurance, says when its clients are in possession of a driver’s licence that they have been unable to renew timeously, their claims will not be impacted.


“We will settle claims where the only point of concern is a recently expired driver’s licence. Drivers and vehicle owners will therefore be recognised as legally licenced should they need to claim against a Discovery Insure insurance plan, provided they are in possession of a valid licence, albeit expired.”


Marius Neethling, personal line underwriting manager at Santam, says in line with government regulations regarding the validity period of driving licences, Santam has made a concession to regard all driving licences and permits that have expired between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 as valid until 31 January 2021 for purposes of its insurance contracts.


“Once the authenticity of the expired licence has been established, the claim may be handled as if the licence card was still valid.”

“The short answer,” says King Price’s client experience partner Wynand van Vuuren, “is that an expired license because of Covid-19 will not affect your cover. The important issue is the principle of ‘causal nexus’, which means the reason for a claim rejection must be directly linked to the cause of the accident. Just make sure the vehicle is always roadworthy and there are no additional factors that can cause or contribute to an accident.”


Old Mutual’s insurance expert, Christelle Colman, says Old Mutual Insure is fully aware of the delays in the renewal of drivers’ licenses because of the administration backlog in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown period.


“As a result each policyholder’s personal circumstances will be considered at the time of an accident while firmly supporting the principles of Treating Customers Fairly, as well as the various conditions contained in the policy wording. We will therefore treat each claim on its own merits in a fair and equitable manner,” she says.


Rudolf Britz, chief actuary at Momentum Short-term Insurance, says Momentum’s stance is that an individual with an expired license card is still licensed to drive as the document has just expired.


“Therefore we would deem such an individual as adequately licensed and honour the claim as long as all other criteria set out in the policy agreement are met.”


For any queries please contact our offices on 031 5021922 or visit our website www.esbrokers.co.za


Article featured in the Citizen under the personal finance section, written by Ina Opperman


McAfee detects 419 new cyber threats per minute as malware samples rise



San Francisco - Cybersecurity company McAfee on Thursday said it saw an average of 419 new threats per minute as overall new malware samples grew by 11.5 per cent in the second quarter of this year.

The global impact of Covid-19 prompted cybercriminals to adjust their cybercrime campaigns to lure victims with pandemic themes and exploit the realities of a workforce working from home, said the "McAfee Threats Report: November 2020."

Over the course of Q2, McAfee saw a 605 per cent increase in Covid-19-related attack detections compared to Q1.

A significant proliferation in malicious Donoff Microsoft Office documents attacks propelled new PowerShell malware increase 117 per cent, said the report.

"The second quarter of 2020 saw continued developments in innovative threat categories such as PowerShell malware and the quick adaptation by cybercriminals to target organisations through employees working from remote environments," said Raj Samani, McAfee fellow and chief scientist.

"What began as a trickle of phishing campaigns and the occasional malicious app quickly turned into a deluge of malicious URLs, attacks on cloud users and capable threat actors leveraging the world's thirst for more information on COVID-19 as an entry mechanism into systems across the globe."

McAfee assesses the state of the cyber threat landscape each quarter based on research, investigative analysis, and threat data gathered by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence cloud from over a billion sensors across multiple threat vectors around the world.

The cybersecurity company observed nearly 7.5 million external attacks on cloud user accounts.

This is based on the aggregation and anonymisation of cloud usage data from more than 30 million McAfee MVISION cloud users worldwide during the second quarter of 2020.

After growing 26 per cent in Q1, new Coinmining malware increased 25 per cent over the previous quarter sustained by the popularity of new Coinmining applications, said the report.

McAfee said it counted 561 publicly disclosed security incidents in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 22 per cent from Q1.

Disclosed incidents targeting North America decreased 30 per cent over the previous quarter.

These incidents decreased 47 per cent in the US, but increased 25 per cent in Canada and 29 per cent in the UK, said the report.

For assistance with Cyber crime insurance or funds protect, please contact us on wwww.esbrokers.co.za

 


 

Article featured in Insurance On Line By IANS