Unfortunately, during times of crisis, there are individuals who look for vulnerable businesses as an opportunity to commit physical theft or cyber crimes.
If the current pandemic is causing your business to reduce hours, reduce inventory, or temporarily close, you should take steps to make sure it’s still protected.
Place any outside equipment or other assets behind fencing and barriers, or lock it inside a building. Keep essential security services—such as building alarm systems and cameras—functioning. Consider keeping select overhead lights on in the office or work areas. As much as possible, make it appear your business is still operating.
Cyber criminals also try to take advantage of company employees who aren’t being as watchful of potential inbound phishing emails. Emails specifically addressing the COVID-19 outbreak may appear to come from genuine government organizations, but they could be attempts to gain access to company information systems to perpetrate a ransomware or financial crime.
Remind employees who receive emails to be mindful of reading and verifying all inbound email prior to clicking on embedded links or documents.
In addition, be sure your information system protection software is current, and employees follow your existing equipment use policies. This should also apply to those employees working remotely.
For more helpful resources on securing your business and reducing cyber crime during this pandemic, visit the National Cybersecurity Alliance website.
Stay vigilant when it comes to your business. If you have questions, please reach out to your assigned safety consultant or contact us.