Canadian telehealth solutions and connectivity service provider Mercku has announced a new partnership with AI-based cybersecurity firm BlackDice to offer customers upgraded security features to combat the massive rise in online criminal activity.
The pandemic played a major role in convincing the modern workforce to finally embrace the hybrid lifestyle. After nearly a decade of contemplating the pros and cons of utilizing remote setups for computer-based work, business leaders have experienced first-hand the benefits of a flexible business culture that lets employees work on their own terms.
However, many of the businesses and enterprises that switched to remote/hybrid setups have neglected to address the increasing threats from the cyberworld. In fact, cybercrime has become so widespread that a recent Questionmark survey found 73% of employers anticipate a cybersecurity breach at some point.
"IoT security is a much larger issue than many might think. An astonishing 560,000 new pieces of malware are detected every day, with over 1 billion malware programs out there today,” states Paul Hague, CEO and Co-Founder of BlackDice. “Four companies fall victim to ransomware attacks every minute, and ransomware has grown from fewer than 5,000 per week in February 2020 to over 200,000 by late April 2021. 82% of IT execs are anxious about WFH security and are looking for a better WFH solution."
This increase in malicious online activity has inspired Mercku and BlackDice to help businesses with hybrid workforces maintain exceptional security for virtually all connected devices. To do this, Mercku’s Wi-Fi 6 M6 router has been upgraded with BlackDice’s AI capabilities to monitor the security and reliability of all network connections.
"At Mercku, we are proud of our industry-leading, 360°connectivity suite and telehealth monitoring solutions," says Erik Ackner, Head of Mercku North America and Europe. "Our partnership with BlackDice is another step towards our vision for a more connected world, and together, we will build a safer and more secure smart home."
Edited by Maurice Nagle