Since COVID-19 started to ravage our way of life, phishing and other cybercrimes have spiked as much as 300%. Much of these scams and attacks have come from campaigns designed to take advantage of the pandemic, and the fear brought on by the disease.

With many businesses now forced to work remotely, everyone is now a target for these phishing scams. Take the  steps below so you can protect your business and your employees from these insidious phishing scams.

Implement Multi-Layered Security and Disaster Recovery

If you don’t have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan, create one and implement it immediately. If your data gets compromised, you can quickly recover your data and get right back to business.

Be sure also to set up a mobile device management system. This system will allow you to restrict which devices have access to your network. If necessary, you can remotely lock the device or wipe the data off of it in case of a breach.

Prepare Your Employees for Remote Work

Teach your workers about new threats, along with standard email security procedures. Show them what they need to do so they can keep their home network and systems secure. Add instructions on how to install and set up firewalls and other malware on their systems.

Also, include password policies, so they know the standards they need to adhere to when creating passwords for their devices and their router.

Other steps you want to take are:

  • Encrypt all devices that will be using the business network, and store the keys in a safe location
  • Install all the latest security patches for all devices using the network
  • Avoid public WiFi hotspots
  • Never leave devices unattended

Enable Email Protection Features

Check out all the security features that come with your email service. Microsoft Outlook has multiple options for junk email filtering and safelists. Users can also disable links in suspect emails.

Strengthen Access Management

Use a multi-layered approach to protect access. Use strong password policies in tandem with multi-factor authentication. Depending on the risk of the activity you are attempting to do, you can require higher-level security measures.

Deliver Regular Security Updates

All businesses with remote workers need to implement a system to ensure everyone stays up to date with security matters. Use the most efficient method of contacting your teams, such as email or a communications platform like Microsoft Teams or Slack.

Add a message to call the sender to verify all emails that instruct the recipient to take any action, especially if it’s to send funds somewhere.

In times of crisis, you can never let your guard down against criminals that would take advantage of a horrible situation. Practice common sense, and follow the steps above to protect yourself and your team from these bottom-feeding criminals.