Business owners and individuals need to be aware of cyber attacks now more than ever. Hackers are taking advantage of COVID-19 and using these uncertain times to trick vulnerable employees into opening and clicking through emails addressed from a fake “CDC” – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or a fake “WHO”- World Health Organization.
It is important to make sure your employees are aware of these targeted attacks in order to make sure they are being cautious when clicking through emails.
Below are four steps you can take in order to prevent a cyber attack.
- Multi Factor Authentication: In order to prevent hackers from obtaining access to emails it is highly recommended that businesses use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) when logging into email related accounts and applications that require a username and password. MFA will send a text / alert to the user’s cell phone with an authorization code, which will be used to confirm the person logging into the email account is in fact them. This is one of the most successful methods of preventing hackers from using brute force attacks, in which they run a program that rallies through a series of passwords until one works. There are free MFA options with every email service provider.
- Phishing Training: One of the best practices that businesses can employ in order to prevent fraudulent email incidents is to train personnel on how to spot them.
- Advanced Preparation / Anticipation: In the event of a phishing or ransomware attack, it is important to have a plan of action in place in order to contain the incident as quickly as possible.
- Cyber Insurance can provide assistance in the event you experience one of these attacks. Our team would love to assist you in ensuring you are not vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you have any questions please contact our office. Stay safe, stay calm, and WASH YOUR HANDS!