“Pandemic”, “Stress”, and “Hacking” are the trending buzzwords amid COVID-19, where hackers are leaving no stone unturned – they are luring people with fake schemes and malware attacks. Moreover, these hackers work on the dark web, where they are always on a hunt to prey on people’s anxiety and fear. Additionally, as the coronavirus is spreading, millions of employees have turned their home into office space these cybercriminals have aimed to attack remote workers.
However, health organizations and hospitals are under active attacks of these hackers who are trying their best to obtain information on vaccine and treatment data. They are undertaking the updated methods to spread misinformation about the outbreaks such as asking people to click on the map which claims to track COVID-19 spread in their region whereas it is heisting the personal information stored on the browser like passwords, credit card numbers, and usernames.
• Safeguard Work From Home Employees
Work from home means employees are using their home network for work, this allows hackers to target the WFH workers. Using their mastermind, they are doing data theft and ransomware. So, companies are now investing in firewalls and VPN access as well as converting the household system into a companies-controlled system controlled by dedicated IT teams. Furthermore, here are some additional safeguard measures organizations can take to prevent cyber-attack during COVID-19:
1. The easy entry point for hackers is the public Wi-Fi, so instruct employees to stay away from open Wi-Fi networks.
2. Wield MFA (Multiple-Factor Authentication) where two or more verification factors will be used to gain access to companies’ particular resources.
3. Make use of monitoring tools that can examine and report any suspicious site clicking or E-mail attachment downloaded from an unverified sender.
4. Ask the employee to use a secure browser for work and communication which can safeguard them from malware and ransomware.
• Educate Your Workforce
To safeguard your employees from possible cyber-attack and threat the only method is educating them. Guiding the workers not to open any fraudulent emails, asking them not to click on links send by an unauthorized sender, and not to download any attachments from an illegal source. Plus, providing them regular training on the latest cyber-attack would abet protecting the employees from hacking. Here are some imperative tips for employees to follow:
• For company data mandate to use VPNs
• IT team and security team should on regular basis communicate with employees working from home so they should be aware of the best practices and latest technologies.
Be watchful! Be Attentive! follow the best practices to safeguard your enterprise and employees.
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