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Cyber Liability: Phishing and Malware Schemes

Cyber Liability: Phishing and Malware Schemes

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Cyber liability is a growing concern for many businesses. There are things you can do to ease the stress of phishing and malware schemes. Start here and contact us if you want to learn more about how DRA can help you.

BUSINESS Concern 1

Crooks are taking advantage of the changes in our work habits in response to Covid-19. They are sending a whole new variety of phishing emails and malware attacks. These attacks may impersonate official websites like the CDC, health department or the World Health Organization. There have been reports of a phishing email with a map of Covid-19 infections that is running a program in the back to steal your personally identifiable information. Be alert.

Be Aware

Look for these signs to alert you to a phishing attempt via email or phone call:

  • Unsolicited emails or calls from a company that you do not know.
  • Any requests to transfer money or share credit card or banking information.
  • Urgent requests or requests to complete any attachment.
  • Any request for logins, usernames, or passwords.
  • Any executable file. Be careful about filesharing sites like Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • Roll your cursor over any links. If the link does not match the sender, get out.
  • Always independently verify the source of emails or phone calls requesting information from you.
  • Never wire money without verifying with multiple people over redundant media platforms.
  • Be aware of misspellings or a tone from a sender that does not seem authentic.

BUSINESS Concern 2

Employees working from home stresses information and confidentiality systems.

Teach your employees

Consider the following tips to maintain network security and performance while working remotely:

  • Limit use of large email attachments and programs that put pressure on your network.
  • Unplug Alexa/Google or any other device that can “listen in” while you are working from home. You are simply opening your business information to the world.
  • Do not forward emails that contain attachments, highly restricted or company confidential content to personal email accounts as it potentially exposes your company to the unintentional disclosure of this information.
  • Use encrypted email.
  • Avoid reading, talking about, or leaving confidential or highly restricted company information in any unsecured work-from-home area.
  • Lock or logoff and secure your work device when not in use.
  • Shred documents with sensitive information as appropriate.
  • Restart your machines daily.
  • Update the computer for new security systems.
  • Use a Password manager and a high security email protection service.

Dominion Risk Advisors can help you develop a cyber liability plan. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business.