Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the remote and distributed work force to launch an unprecedented number of attacks.

The FBI has seen a doubling in the rate of complaints of Internet crime since employees started working remotely.

IBM has indicated that about 53% of people working remotely conduct company business on personal laptops, which often lack safeguards that many employers provide, such as firewalls and antivirus software. The large influx of remote workers with questionable cybersecurity hygiene has opened the opportunity for malicious attackers to start banging against the door to see what will stick.

Google stated that they’re blocking 18 million coronavirus-related phishing scams every day.

Even if you do set your remote workers up with enterprise-grade security measures, there’s still some degree of risk because cybercriminals are launching such a massive amount of attacks. At the end of the day, the best way to stay safe is to stay aware.

Here are some a few examples of phishing scams your employees should be made aware of:

  • Emails offering coronavirus tests at a discounted rate.
  • Emails containing lists or updates on cases in your region.
  • Emails urging you to invest in stocks related to the disease.
  • Emails containing purchase order information for masks or sanitizer.
  • Emails offering information or forms to fill out for financial assistance.

The majority of these emails will be coming from cybercriminals who are looking to convince you to give them personal information, click on a link that leads to a malicious website or download an attachment riddled with viruses. Hackers make it look like the emails are coming from the CDC, WHO, state or federal government or Donald Trump.

Here are our recommendations to stay safe:

  1. Think BEFORE you click
  2. Watch for signs of urgency, such as: a deal is expiring soon, your account will be deleted, or legal action will be taken if you don’t respond, etc.
  3. Do not respond to requests for private and sensitive information. Any legitimate organization will call you directly if they need to update your information or gather sensitive information.
  4. Double check the email’s sender, hover over the sender’s email address to make sure it’s a legitimate domain with proper spelling and grammar.

Need help implementing security measures to protect remote workers?

Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 or if you are having issues keeping up with cybersecurity in the Work-from-home Era. We are here to help.

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