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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Data?

Friends,
Below, we’re sharing a few of our resources tailored to you, your
business, and your clients during this global health crisis.
We hope you find the below tips helpful. The Bourn Technology team is
here to support you in any way possible. We can augment your current IT team or we can prepare a servicing and maintenance plan to fit your
needs.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) isn’t just a growing threat to public health – it’salso a growing threat to your company’s cybersecurity. From using scary
subject lines to adopting faux official letterhead, bad actors are
scrambling to use the climate of fear and disruption caused by COVID-19
to their advantage.
Disasters, emergencies, and global pandemics provide a target-rich
environment for cybercriminals to launch phishing attacks and employ
other dirty tricks to gain access to your data. It only takes one staffer
opening a bogus email, clicking on a dangerous link, or downloading a
malware-laden attachment for them to succeed. Here are three ways thatyou can act immediately to prevent a potentially disastrous Coronavirus-related data breach.
1. Plan, Preserve, and Protect
Use expert guidance from agencies like CISA to prepare your
organization for risks posed by COVID-19. Is your cybersecurity plan
adequate for the unique challenges presented by increased virtualization if your staff is quarantined or working remotely for safety? Two-factor
authentication and other tools like VPN help keep your organization’s
data and systems safe even when workers aren’t in the office.
2. Trust but Verify
Get updates about COVID-19, scams and frauds related to the Coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on cybersecurity from trusted, official sources,
and encourage your staff to only use vetted information for planning and communications. Be wary of any email with a COVID-19-related subject
line, attachment, or hyperlink. Avoid sharing or clicking on social media posts, text messages, or IMs offering Coronavirus information,
vaccination, treatment or cures.
3. Make Prevention a Priority
Refresh every staffer’s training on how to spot phishing scams and online fraud. Remind your staff that government agencies will never ask for
sensitive personal, financial or business information via email. Reinforce
that clicking on links or opening attachments from unfamiliar sources is
a quick way for scammers to infect your systems with malware.
Employee Security Awareness Training and Phishing Simulations can
help make sure that your staff is ready to spot and defend against attack. Constant vigilance against cyberattacks is a smart strategy for any
business. In these uncertain times, we’re happy to be your trusted source for the tools and strategies that you need to keep cybercriminals out of
your business.

References:
https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0306_cisa_insights_risk_management_for_novel_coronavirus.pdf
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/ftc-fda-warnings-sent-sellers-scam-coronavirus-treatments

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John Deliberto

John Deliberto is the Director of Sales at Bourn Technology

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