Any crisis is an opportunity for cybercriminals to strike – and a crisis as severe as the coronavirus pandemic is no exception.
Cybercriminals are expected to take advantage of the confusion and lack of awareness that comes with changing the way a majority of the professional world gets their work done. As more and more employees transition to a work-from-home model, they’ll be perfect targets for social engineering scams and cybercriminal attacks.
Do you know how to keep them, and your business as a whole, secure?
Check out our latest video to learn more:
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Keep the following tips in mind:
Verify Payments Via Phone
As you can’t meet in person to verify major financial transactions, the least you can do is confirm over the phone with the contact. Never execute a wire transfer based on an email request alone – it could very well be a cybercriminal posing as a business contact or third party organization.
Educate Your Employees
Now more than ever, your employees need to know how to spot social engineering scams:
Use A VPN
When you use a virtual private network (VPN), your data is encrypted, or hidden, as it moves from your device to the VPN and then continues onto the Internet. That makes it harder for an attacker to identify you as the source of the data – no matter whether you’re on your mobile device’s data connection or using an unsecured retail Wi-Fi network while you’re in line for coffee.
Stay Safe While Mobile
Don’t download apps that aren’t approved by your smartphone provider’s app store. Unauthorized apps are a common way for hackers to sneak malware onto your device. Always be skeptical of permissions you grant and the data you provide when using mobile technology.
Stay Up To Date
Did you know that one of the most common ways that cybercriminals get into a network is through loopholes in popular software? Much of the software you rely on to get work done every day could have flaws — or “exploits” — that leave you vulnerable to security breaches. To address this, developers regularly release software patches and updates to fix those flaws and protect users. This is why you must keep your applications and systems up to date.
If you need help securing up your remote work solutions, don’t assume you have to handle it on your own. 403Tech can assist – we will help you map out a cybersecurity strategy to protect your business during the pandemic.
Scott Gallupe of 403Tech Discusses Cybersecurity Threats in Business in Calgary Article
The COVID-19 pandemic sent businesses scrambling to pivot from an office-based environment to a remote workforce. A recent issue of Business in Calgary featured 403Tech President Scott Gallupe, who advised on how local businesses can protect their IT systems from cybersecurity threats. He explained that passwords and video collaboration tools are possible entryways for viruses and malware. The article, Alright, Stop, Collaborate and Listen, features several local IT leaders, describes the issues faced by business owners during the pandemic and provides guidance on ways to protect business data from ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.