We always need to be vigilant when using the Internet to conduct business – cybercriminals have ‘traditional’ techniques which generally serve them well – but these are not normal times. The COVID-19 pandemic has handed them a global golden opportunity like no other.
Fake websites and phishing attacks are the norm during natural disasters, global events, and company collapses, and during this unprecedented time, when the majority of honest, righteous people are struggling to stay focused on survival, are aiding others in need, and are feeling the weight of the physical restrictions being placed on all of us, cybercriminals are able to exploit these basic human instincts to their advantage.
That’s why our nonprofit Work From Home Campaign is so important, enabling small businesses to take action to better protect themselves in these strange and uncertain times. The campaign concentrates on basic steps – a subset of recommendations and tools that form part of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business – to deliver significant security improvements for remote workers.
But there is much more that can be done. We will be delivering online webinars focused on the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business on 30 April, in which we will cover the importance of patching, two-factor authentication (2FA), and Quad9, and we will also discuss the need to keep an up-to-date and complete inventory and to create regular offline backups.
For the more technically advanced users, we are also providing an overview of DMARC, which, when deployed, provides specific protections against email impersonation.
Please join us online on 30 April.
For further information and to register for either of the two Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business webinars on 30 April:
9:00 – 10:30 BST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/963691561022294797
11:00 – 12:30 BST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6733340344936489228
For further information and to register for either of the two DMARC 101 webinars on 30 April:
13:00 – 14:30 BST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/283320362892022027
15:00 – 16:30 BST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3743945250387073803
The Global Cyber Alliance concentrates on the systemic causes of cyber risk, working with partners to develop and deliver solutions to address these risks so that the online world becomes a safer place. All our tools are available to use free of charge – implementation of the tools within the toolkit and the continued use of good, basic hygiene practices will reduce your likelihood of falling victim to a cyberattack. Our security experts are on hand to help and answer your questions in our GCA Work From Home Community Forum, and we welcome you to join our community and sign up to help our global mission.