The current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our lives in many ways, and one of them is the huge increase in fraud attempts and social media scams that use pandemic related issues to lure people in and then steal their money and/or personal information. Cybercriminals are working hard to leverage the hype and fear surrounding COVID-19 and with the increase of remote workers, your team is at higher risk.
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released a list of tips for defending against COVID-19 scams that our team of experts have compiled into an infographic.
Here are the precautions that the CISA and our team of experts recommends following to defend against COVID-19 pandemic related scams:
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited and be wary of email attachments. To find out whether your employees are abiding by this, our cybersecurity team is offering a free phishing test.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites —for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
- Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.
If you would like to learn more about managing the cybersecurity risks of remote work or if you are interested in more information to better prepare your team, we invite you to watch our most recent on-demand webinar.