Preventing Cybersecurity Attacks While Working from Home

Mar 17, 2020
| Joe Catapano, CIO, Extensis
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As many of us make the transition to a dominantly “Work from Home” setup, we’d like to remind everyone to stay vigilant (and cynical) when it comes to emails and phone calls coming in from external sources. Cyber criminals are looking to take full advantage of the fact that companies are adopting a remote workforce strategy in the wake of COVID-19.

We are all practicing strict hand-washing and respiratory hygiene practices, and we should be just as diligent of avoiding clicking links that look suspicious and never downloading email attachments from unknown sources.

According to “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)” individuals should remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

They also emphasize to exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19. 

CISA also encourages individuals to take the following precautions:
 
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • 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.
  • As noted by local Police Department, the CDC is not deploying teams of people to go door to door to conduct surveillance. People should be warned to not let them in their homes or speak to them. It is advised to contact local police.

If you have any questions on how Extensis has prepared for COVID-19 or cybersecurity safety please feel free to contact us at (888) 473-6398.

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