3 Steps To Protect Your Data From Covid-19 Scams

We’ve teamed up with our partner, Kaseya, to bring you 3 steps to protect your data from Covid-19 Scams.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) isn’t just a growing threat to public health – it’s also a growing threat to your company’s
cybersecurity. From using scary subject lines to adopting faux official letterhead, cyber criminals are scrambling to use
the climate of fear and disruption caused by COVID-19 to their advantage.

Disasters, emergencies, and global pandemics provide a target-rich environment for cybercriminals to launch
phishing attacks and employ other dirty tricks to gain access to your data. It only takes one employee opening a bogus
email, clicking on a dangerous link, or downloading a malware-laden attachment for them to succeed. Here are
three ways that you can act immediately to prevent a potentially disastrous Coronavirus-related data breach.

1. Plan, Preserve, and Protect
Use our expert guidance to prepare your organization for risks posed by COVID-19. Is
your cybersecurity plan adequate for the unique challenges presented by increased virtualization if your
staff is quarantined or working remotely for safety? Two-factor authentication and other tools like VPN
help keep your organization’s data and systems safe even when workers aren’t in the office.

Here’s our list of Best Practices for Working Remotely that will help keep your company’s data safe.

2. Trust but Verify
Get updates about COVID-19, scams and frauds related to the Coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on
cybersecurity from trusted, official sources, and encourage your staff to only use vetted information for
planning and communications. Be wary of any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment,
or hyperlink. Avoid sharing or clicking on social media posts, text messages, or IMs offering Coronavirus
information, vaccination, treatment or cures.

If you have any questions or concerns about the validity of an email, attachment, link, or anything else IT related, do not hesitate to ask. You can give us a call at 706.426.6313 or send us an email at Info@AugustaITGuys.com.

3. Make Prevention a Priority

Refresh every staffer’s training on how to spot phishing scams and online fraud. Remind your staff that
government agencies will never ask for sensitive personal, financial or business information via email.
Reinforce that clicking on links or opening attachments from unfamiliar sources is a quick way for
scammers to infect your systems with malware. Employee Security Awareness Training and Phishing
Simulations can help make sure that your staff is ready to spot and defend against attack.

Here’s how to quickly spot a Phishing email.

Here’s a list of Common Cybersecurity Risks and How to Prevent Them.

Constant vigilance against cyberattacks is a smart strategy for any business. In these uncertain times, we’re happy
to be your trusted source for the tools and strategies that you need to keep cybercriminals out of your business.

Learn more about Kaseya here.

References:
https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0306_cisa_insights_risk_management_for_novel_coronavirus.pdf
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/ftc-fda-warnings-sent-sellers-scam-coronavirus-treatment

 

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