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IT security in the time of COVID-19

no cyber attack signIn times of social and economic unrest, we often see a rise in malicious activity, including email phishing attempts. The current COVID-19 situation is no exception. Some might see the country’s shift to remote work as an opportunity and, as such, we need to ensure we are acting with caution.
To help  identify possible scams, below is a list of recent phishing emails and scams:
• Phishing emails designed to look like they are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
• Emails that offer purported medical advice to help protect you against the coronavirus
• Workplace policy changes and announcements
• Emails with official government announcements
• Links to a map of confirmed Coronavirus cases
• Ads and emails requesting help and donations to fraudulent charities or causes

Here are some tips for keeping your home network safe:
• If an email or request seems out of place, please actively verify the identity of the emailer or requester. This validation can be done by directly contacting (do not reply to the communication) the individual using verified methods, such as an email or a phone call to a verified number. Call the individual or company directly on a confirmed or publicly listed phone number.
• Always confirm any financial transaction, whether work-based or personal. Do not click on links in email, rather go directly to known websites for all banking and financial transactions including any donations.

 

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