With everyone consumed with the volume of information and concerns over COVID-19, hackers are using the outbreak to promote phishing and malware scams.
Figures show that there are increasing levels of attack by cybercriminals under the guise of COVID-19 information and updates designed to trigger not only phishing and ransomware attacks but also BEC, Business Email Compromise, where attackers break into corporate email accounts and attempt fraud using that account.
With many traditionally office based employees now working from home the exposure to such attacks is increased greatly and organisations, businesses and individuals need to be especially on their guard.
This means reviewing and re-familiarising yourself with you existing security procedures and ensuring that they are still fit for purpose in the home working environment.
The basics remain the same; source your information from reliable sources that you know, do not click on links or open attachments from unknown sources.
On social media, be careful about clicking links sent to you even from friends and contacts, their account may have been hacked or compromised.
Install endpoint security on all your machines, provide access to a VPN where appropriate and ensure that employees are backing up data held on local devices on a regular basis.