What is going on in the world right now is leaving many business owners and managers unsure of what the future looks like. The coronavirus has affected everything from schools to the stock market. The pandemic is also affecting the cybersecurity world and leaving businesses and customers vulnerable to cyber attacks. Here is what we know about how coronavirus is affecting cybersecurity.
Depending on Digital
We are lucky to live in an age when many can do their jobs and find entertainment in the digital space. The internet is helping us get information and updates on the outbreak, stay connected to one another through video chats and conferences, read books, watch movies and much more. However, increased use of the internet means more risk for cyber attacks.
Lots of the U.S. workforce has been asked to work remotely using their personal WiFi network. Work from home policies have been relaxed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but one issue that comes with this change is the fact that not all home WiFi networks are secure.
This is a risk that many businesses don’t have to think about because they know that their network is secure.
We advise that you make sure that your employees use secure passwords on all accounts and if needed, make changes to their WiFi settings to ensure that the network is secure.
More online activity
In Kansas City and many other cities, social distancing is being enforced. Bars, restaurants and other places where people would normally enjoy leisure activities are closed which means more people are spending their time at home.
Because more people are spending more time at home, more people are browsing the internet and shopping online. This is an ideal situation for hackers who want to steal credit card information and identities.
Exploiting Anxiety and Uncertainty
Cybercriminals see stress, uncertainty, and anxiety surrounding a crisis as an opportunity to profit. During a crisis, people don’t focus on things they normally would and compromise things like cybersecurity.
Millions are looking for information surrounding the coronavirus and some may be clicking on sites and links that they normally wouldn’t click in an attempt to find answers.
Many cybercriminals use social engineering to take advantage of internet users. What does this mean?
Attackers will use manipulation to get people to open dangerous email attachments that say something is free or urgent. We have all seen the ads pop up that say we won a free TV or iPhone, but cybercriminals are becoming more creative with their tactics and using the pandemic to take advantage of people.
Protecting Your Business and Employees During the Coronavirus and Ensuring Cybersecurity
1. Implement strict digital hygiene
We are all washing our hands and slathering on hand sanitizer to prevent contracting the coronavirus, but we should also be practicing digital hygiene.
Digital hygiene involves things like updating passwords and making them more difficult. Your passwords should be nonsensical. Do not use words and try to use a variety of characters in passwords.
You can use password managers to save your passwords. Password managers like Lastpass will even create a secure password for you.
Also, make sure your employees are not reusing passwords. Reusing passwords makes it very easy for cybercriminals to access sensitive information.
2. Do not click or open anything from unverified sources
We kind of touched on this earlier in the post but it is a good practice to have in place no matter what is going on in the world. Discourage your employees from opening emails or clicking on websites from unverified sources.
Many websites will make their URLs look similar to popular websites in hopes that people will get confused and click on them. Make sure your employees are aware of this and do not click on anything that seems fishy.
Spam filters in email have become more advanced but every once in awhile a dangerous email will slip into the primary inbox. If they do not recognize who the email was sent from, it is best to leave it be and not open it.
3. Discourage employees from using work laptops for personal use
This is difficult to enforce but will offer a greater level of security for your business. In addition to not using work laptops for personal use, your employees also should not use their personal laptops for work unless absolutely necessary.
Keeping your employees safe and healthy should always be your number one priority with protecting your business assets and sensitive information coming in at a close second. With things being so uncertain in many industries, now is a great time to focus on the things you can control like business security both physical and digital.
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