Attackers Are Taking Advantage of Unprecedented Changes
What we’re witnessing today with the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Local governments are banning large gatherings. Many businesses and institutions are forced to close or adjust work schedules. Organizations that can are moving their employees to reduced hours or remote work. This means many people are now working from home for the first time and encountering issues with connectivity and access to company networks and data. The social isolation, uncertainty, and distractions cause anxiety and mistakes.
On top of all of this, cyber attackers are already trying to take advantage of a world in flux. Coronavirus-related phishing attacks are on the rise, as well as attempts to trick new remote workers into revealing their login credentials and sensitive information. Many workers have moved from highly secured work environments to less robust home internet connections and unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Hackers are doing their best to leverage these vulnerabilities caused by people rushing and setting up temporary connections.
Stay On Guard with Cybersecurity
What does this all mean? Security awareness training and cybersecurity is more important than ever now. Your IT staff should have all the resources they need to both quickly and securely implement remote connections, new software, and new equipment for your users. Your people need to be educated on what threats to look for.
Now is not the time to loosen your security measures. We cannot “wait until things calm down” to resume ongoing security education. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Give your people the guidance and the information they need to keep themselves and your organization safe and protected.
Communicate More Than Ever
And remember that in difficult times of great uncertainty, ignorance leads to fear.
- Keep your employees up to date with new information.
- Warn them of emerging threats.
- Encourage them to speak up if they notice suspicious activity or malicious emails.
It is often hard to admit how little control we have over a situation. However, speaking up and being honest about the current dangers and uncertainties is more effective than silence. Now is the time to encourage communication, teamwork, and caution.
Keep your culture of security going strong!