TechSpective Podcast DJ Sampath Armorblox

DJ Sampath Chats about the COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Email Compromise

TechSpective Podcast Episode 048

Hello. It’s been a while. In my defense, time is just a construct and it seems to have mostly lost meaning–at least for me–during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. Days, weeks, and months have little value when the routine is mostly the same regardless. To say that 2020 has been rough would be a wild understatement. It seems like each month we say “Man. It can’t possibly get worse than this!” and the next month is like “Hold my beer.”

That said, life goes on. Aside from working from home and staying in my house 99% of the time, I don’t have anything to complain about, really. Relatively speaking, I am fine. There is still plenty to write about. In fact, in some respects there is more to write about. DJ Sampath, co-founder and CEO of Armorblox, joined me to talk about the rise in business email compromise (BEC) attacks and other cybersecurity threats that have occurred as a result of attackers looking to take advantage of entire companies suddenly working from home and the exposure to risk from the COVID-19 pandemic chaos.

DJ and I recorded this a few weeks ago. Although some states have relaxed stay at home orders and there has been some effort to resume normal life–albeit with social distancing and other guidelines in place–the fact is that nothing much has changed and the conversation is still very relevant. COVID-19 cases and fatalities continue to climb in many areas, and most companies are still working entirely–or at least mostly–from home. Some companies are implementing remote work from home arrangements permanently. These conditions are still ripe for BEC attacks.

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