Cybercriminals have been busy taking advantage of the chaos which the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. With Phishing and Ransomware attacks on the rise, it is important to stay cyber resilient. Many of us who are capable of working remotely are doing so more than ever before. With remote work being a first for many staff and businesses, this is the prime situation for cybercriminals to catch you and your staff off guard.
If a phishing or ransomware attack gets through your firewall, it is up to the receiver to determine if the email is safe to open, if the links are safe to click or if the email could be carrying unsafe content. With so many staff working remotely, it is harder than ever to verify legitimate emails, thus allowing the compromised email to cause more damage before being caught out.
Business email compromise (BEC), is the result when a cybercriminal breaks into a corporate email account. Once this email account is broken into, they can impersonate an actual employee and blackmail the business or its stakeholders into sending money or sensitive data to the attacker. Cyberattacks like these can have dire consequences for any business.
What can you do to stay cyber resilient?
What can you do as an individual?
Follow the guidelines below from HP on how to clean high-touch, external surfaces on your devices:
- Ensure you have antivirus protection on all your devices (even personal devices need to be protected!), and that it’s up to date
- Be vigilant when providing personal information, particularly over email, phone, text, or social media Search for information from official sites instead of clicking on links through emails, particularly information about the current COVID-19 pandemic
- Do not open emails from unknown senders, especially regarding COVID-19 as this topic is prime for phishing emails
- Do not click on links in emails from unknown senders as these could contain computer viruses and other malware
What can you do as a business?
- You should have protective software enabled for all company devices. The best defence against cyberattacks is prevention
- Enable everyone to work from off-site locations safely and effectively Ensure end-point security is installed on all employee devices to keep data is safe, no matter where it may be
- Give all employees access to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to help protect corporate data in remote connections
- Give your employees access to collaboration tools so they can continue to work together in teams, even though they are physically separated
- Educate employees about phishing emails and BEC. You should share cyber resilience tips to all employees and encourage everyone to be extra vigilant about unexpected requests
Even though your team may be working remotely, it only takes a quick phone call to verify the legitimacy of an unusual request, whether internal or external. Be sure to warn and employees if a phishing email has made its way into your inbox, they may have received the same email and were about to click on the malicious link!
If you need IT advice or solutions to help ensure your company has defences in place against cyberattacks, call us on 07 3340 5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you and your team stay cyber resilient!