Hackers are suddenly taking advantage of the COVID-19 uncertainty to spread malware and execute their ransomware attacks. They wasted no time hitting a few different companies, like the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. While these attacks are directed toward consumers, businesses, and the government alike, healthcare providers have to be extra vigilant, given the sensitive data and information that is available. Ransomware attacks re very impactful and require little to no sophistication to execute. Because of the devastating effects a cyber scam can have on a healthcare provider, jeopardizing the security of patient and provider data and operating systems, these scams continue to be one of the best ways for cybercriminals to make a quick buck. Here are some ways to avoid these harmful cyber scams if you’re working in a targeted industry.
Awareness and Education
Awareness and education of ransomware attacks that leverage COVID-19 are the top priority. Cybercriminals are using various tactics, including primary phishing, all related to COVID-19 to cyber scam organizations. Providers should be educating employees to exercise caution with any communications that they may receive. Particularly with emails regarding COIVD-19, so they are even more vigilant about Coronavirus-related cyber scams. The more and more people who are aware of these cyber scams and schemes and risks, the more cautious and secure the organization will be.
Planning for Cyber Security Risks Within Coronavirus Business Continuity
While it is easy for IT to be overshadowed by supply sourcing and patient surges, as hospitals begin standing up incident command structures, it is smart to account for cyber security risks too. This might include having IT personnel join different teams and departments or provide daily updates to leaders about the status of their technology systems and any potential issues.
Stronger Security Hygiene
Just like handwashing, it is a good idea to build in a more robust security practice into everyday efforts so that systems are fortified and protected before, during, and after a crisis. This includes a solid back-up strategy, like ensuring critical systems and data are backed up to a safe location that is disconnected from the enterprise network. IT professionals should consistently train for a possible cyber-attack and develop crisis plans, so they have clear plans, like pre-drafted messages to send to their leaders and workers, if a cyber scam has affected their network.
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