For most of us around the world, the Covid-19 crisis came very slowly—then all at once. While unique, this crisis shares at least some characteristics with prior situations. Some solutions and approaches in this setting will be new because we haven’t encountered this situation before. Others, however, we can adapt from prior experience.
Data from a seismometer at the observatory show that measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Brussels caused human-induced seismic noise to fall by about one-third, says Lecocq. The measures included closing schools, restaurants and other public venues from 14 March, and banning all non-essential travel from 18 March (see ‘Seismic noise’).
Consider the implications of workers clicking on an ad promising a COVID-19 wonder drug, or opening an email attachment—from what appears to be a legitimate health agency offering pandemic updates—that embeds software designed to compromise security. Or what if a worker is manipulated by social engineering techniques to follow instructions from a cyber criminal claiming to be from the employer’s help desk? Does your company have adequate provisions in place to prevent workers from downloading malware that could be used to collect passwords providing access to payment systems, personnel records, personal customer data, intellectual property, and other important assets?
It took a $232m credit impairment charge, up from $32m, to reflect the increasing risk from Covid-19.