It is expected that the Covid-19 outbreak will increase the amount of employees who are impacted by cyber threats. As businesses react to significant environmental challenges, hackers may use this opportunity to infiltrate systems and steal essential data.
It has been noted that in recent weeks Phishing Attempts have increased, with hundreds of Covid-19 themed emails being sent daily. These phishing emails may contain false bank information, links to false VPN or Video Conferencing software and more.
With this in mind, how can you protect your staff?
Three Ways To Manage Covid-19 Cybersecurity Risks
1. Ensure Your Team Can Work Remotely Securely
Covid-19 has forced businesses to embrace remote working. Due to this your business’ IT infrastructure and requirements may have evolved, because of this your business’ vulnerabilities may have changed.
During times of crisis such as this, businesses must:
- Advise employees that cyberattacks are more likely to occur and their role in maintaining security.
- Advising staff to only use company-approved solutions
- Ensure remote access systems are fully patched and security configured
- Review key security controls which may have been overlooked
- Ensure employee training is up to date. Remote cybersecurity training is a fantastic resource to ensure your team are aware of modern threats and how to manage them
2. Ensure Functionality of Critical Systems
As the Covid-19 outbreak develops, businesses need to be strategic and resilient. Ensure that your IT systems are managed and maintained and that your cybersecurity systems are monitored and updated where necessary.
3. Train Your Team
Cybersecurity threats are ever-evolving and your team should be updated on potential threats that they may encounter. Businesses should be prepared for loss of data through cyberattacks such as Phishing Attempts and Brute Force, but also through Human Error.