As difficult as responding to the concerns of COVID-19 are, businesses now also have to deal with the inevitable cybersecurity events which are unfortunately taking place. Cyber actors are utilizing a tragic situation, fear, panic and the need to act swiftly to prey on individuals in order to stealing money or gaining access to sensitive information.
Recently, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an alert reminding individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). An increasing number of e-mails contianing malicious attachments, links to fraudulent websites and other scams has been seen. All citizens are being urged to exercise caution when handling any e-mail with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment or hyperlink and be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.
Our actions taken during this time should be no different than our usual approach, however, we simply must be more cautious and careful when performing our daily activities. Falah Consulting recommends taking the following precautions during this time:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited e-mails and be wary of e-mail attachments.
  • Use trusted sources, such as legitimate, government websites, for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal information in e-mail and do not respond to e-mail solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making any donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
  • Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.

Our expert Cybersecurity team at Falah Consulting is always ready to assist with guiding your organization through this difficult time.  Take a moment to learn more about how we can help your organization stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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