Malicious cyber actors often use global events like the COVID-19 outbreak to launch new attacks. While governments, corporations, and local organizations work to resolve the situation, we want to remind you of an additional concern related to this event: cyber security

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the covid-19 virus outbreak is now a global event

We are already seeing hackers using the Coronavirus outbreak in phishing emails, to target employees, and to capitalize on decreased staffing and cyber security vigilance. Your organization must continue to prioritize cyber security as it manages this developing situation.

While organizations focus on their staff and operations and hackers prepare for new attacks, Blackpoint’s Managed Detection and Response team is prepared to keep a watchful eye on our clients’ networks 24/7. We are prepared and committed to safeguarding our clients during this heightened period of risk.

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Download free email template

To help, we’ve prepared an email template that you can download and send to your employees and clients to remind them of the cyber security dangers surrounding health epidemics like COVID-19. Click the button to download!

ways to keep yourself and your organization safe:

  • Do not open or respond to any emails or email senders you do not recognize or that look odd or suspicious; when in doubt, contact the sender directly using another form of communication
  • Do not open or click on any email attachments from senders you do not trust or recognize, especially if the email is related to COVID-19

  • Be wary of “news” websites or emails talking about cures, vaccines, or other items specifically relating to COVID-19
  • Be cautious of text messages (SMS), WhatsApp, and/or Facebook messages that request sensitive or personal information or involve medical issues or COVID-19 specifically

  • Continue to observe all company policies and procedures, particularly any involving financials or money transfer outside of the company; hackers typically use the “urgency” of a situation or “crisis” to encourage employees to break protocols, often to the detriment of the business
  • Be suspicious of calls you receive from your doctor, medical insurance companies, or medical professionals; when in doubt, verify the phone number and/or hang up and call your doctor, insurance provider, or medical facility directly

  • Visit health or medical websites directly. Hackers often create fake weblinks that take users to realistic-looking fake web pages