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As organizations continue to navigate the growing concerns of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) each day, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the opportunity to compromise companies and user data. With more and more people working remotely, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an alert reminding individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19 as they are beginning to see a new influx of cyberattacks in the United States.
Doeren Mayhew’s dedicated IT Advisory and Security Group highlights keys areas to help mitigate cyberattacks within your organization:
1. Use a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN). Organizations should patch and update their VPNs, network infrastructure devices and devices being used to log into their network. Additionally, increase the amount of internal vulnerability scans performed as vulnerabilities are climbing with a rise in telework.
2. Beware of phishing scams. Phishing activity is significantly increasing due to COVID-19, and hackers are using trusted brands like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build credibility and entice users into opening attachments. Organizations should have a mechanism in place that flags, blocks or quarantines suspicious emails, plus urge employees to be extra aware of common phishing email signs. Consider the following:
3. Implement a multi-factor authentication. Contact your service provider to institute multi-factor authentication as soon as possible, as this greatly reduces your cybersecurity risk. Ensure your current IT employees are ready to ramp up cybersecurity tasks such as log review, attack detection and incident response. If these are not already in place, they should be adopted as soon as possible.
4. Adopt guidelines for working remotely. Put a policy in place to help keep your organization protected and client data safeguarded while working remote. Things to consider include:
Doeren Mayhew works closely with organizations to evaluate their current information systems environment and advise on how to help keep them protected through our CYBERCLAW™ offering. For more information on how to manage cybersecurity risks during this time, contact us today.
This publication is distributed for informational purposes only, with the understanding that Doeren Mayhew is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional opinions on specific facts for matters, and, accordingly, assumes no liability whatsoever in connection with its use. Should the reader have any questions regarding any of the news articles, it is recommended that a Doeren Mayhew representative be contacted.
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