As the world continues to adapt to the new normal ushered in by COVID-19, cyber criminals are hard at work exploiting the pandemic for financial gain. Protect your organization from attack with these best practices:

1.    Be aware
Stay especially mindful of phishing attempts during this time. If you receive a suspicious email, report it to your IT department before you click on any link or open any attachment. Keep an eye out for emails that seek to capitalize on the current crisis with promises of “coronavirus protections.” Another popular tactic used by criminals? Posing as your boss. If you receive an unusual email from someone purporting to be a superior or colleague, verify its legitimacy by phone before you engage with the email.

2.    Be proactive
Double check that all hardware and software have received the latest updates and patches, especially your antivirus program. Additionally, enable two-factor authentication on any accounts that allow it.

3.    Be safe
Never connect to a WiFi network that is not secured with a password, and do not access sensitive information from any public network. Similarly, make your Bluetooth devices undiscoverable when in public places. Criminals can use Bluetooth as a way to gain access to your devices. Finally, report lost or stolen devices as soon as possible.

Do you have questions about your organization’s security preparedness? Schedule a comprehensive risk assessment with one of Knight’s managed IT consultants and take the first step toward a more a protected IT environment.

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