Attacks against internet-exposed RDP servers surging during COVID-19 pandemic
The rush to enable employees to work from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more than 1.5 million new Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers being exposed to the internet. The number of attacks targeting open RDP ports in the US more than tripled in March and April.
Not many companies have a big stock of unused managed laptops for employees to take home on short notice, especially those who used to do their jobs from workstations with custom legacy software that only runs on certain versions of Windows. With IT teams also having to work from home, the need to manage on-premises servers remotely is also a common problem companies have to find a solution for.