As fear over the spread of COVID-19 is surging at an alarming rate, public health institutions recommend companies to take a stance in preventing the virus from spreading around offices, public transports or public gatherings.
As fear over the spread of COVID-19 is surging at an alarming rate, public health institutions recommend companies to take a stance in preventing the virus from spreading around offices, public transports or public gatherings. Organizations are therefore encouraging, or in some cases, mandating their employees to switch to teleworking for several days or weeks. While this step is necessary to contain the disease from spreading, it opens the door to a rise in targeted threats.
Criminals are exploiting the disease to attack people and organizations. They prey on public fear to carefully devise targeted scams that will prove to be successful. Don’t wait to be affected by a cyberattack, make sure you implement security and contingency plans to ensure that your employees, customers, and overall business is secure.
Read our tips below on the type of threats that might affect you and how to ensure safety while working from home in a period of crisis.
As employees rush home to telework, protecting internal information and sensitive data remains the highest priority for companies. This consequently heightens an organization’s ability to ensure complete safety and security of their digital assets and resources for several reasons:
1. It is already difficult to manage cybersecurity inhouse, and most companies lack contingency plans and policies to protect their assets while allowing employees to work from home.
2. Teleworking makes both employees and organizations more vulnerable to the threat landscape as they lack either resources, knowledge, or cybersecurity measures.
3. Employees who have not received enough cybersecurity training can easily fall victim to a targeted attack.
Use a secure network
Work from secured devices
Manage information securely
Beware of COVID-19 related phishing emails
Organizations, as well as individuals, need to understand the correlation between a virus outbreak (that essentially causes fear and stress among the public) and the risk of cyberattacks. Some might focus on other, more pressing risks that are directly affecting the business and operational line. It is important not to lose sight of the cyber risks that will, in the long-term, have severe impact on the organization.
If you or your organization needs security measures to ensure that all your digital assets are safe, contact us at [email protected].
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