What to Watch For as Cybercriminals Capitalize on COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced most of us to implement or expand work-from-home programs in our businesses. Spikes in traffic are occurring due to other companies moving to remote work, schools implementing online learning, and people increasingly streaming entertainment instead of social activities. As if this was not challenging enough, cybercriminals are capitalizing on current panic. 

Here are some threats Oklahoma businesses should be watching out for now as well as best practices to execute.

  • Fake coronavirus-related websites loaded with malware (ex – malicious domains that are counterfeit versions of the Johns Hopkins coronavirus map).
  • Phishing emails related to highly sought after supplies during the pandemic (ex – taking orders for protective masks that they have no intention of fulfilling).
  • Social media with misleading info or links to malicious sites (ex – promises of vaccines that don’t exist).
  • Increases in ransomware and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks

So how do we combat these outside information attacks? Here are several cybersecurity best practices to examine:

  • Require work from home employees to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access the company network.
  • Make sure the VPN is patched and updated.
  • Consider multi-factor authentication, especially for executives.
  • Make sure you are analyzing network traffic and have a DDoS mitigation solution in place.
  • Make sure endpoint protection is in place for computers and servers.
  • Remind staff of cybersecurity best practices such as the need for secured networks, wariness of unsolicited emails and unknown senders, and use robust unique passwords.

While it is crucial to remain productive as we shift to work from home, it is equally vital to ensure we are vigilant with our cybersecurity practices. Dobson is here to help, so if there is anything we can do to be of assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.