In Security Magazine, 4iQ VP of Intelligence Luke Wilson discusses the increased risk of online scams amid the coronavirus outbreak. Cybercriminals are exploiting the fear and uncertainty surrounding this health crisis, posing as credible experts and organizations in order to deliver malware via email.
While phishing attacks can cause irreparable financial and reputational damage, they are preventable. Luke notes that prevention begins with knowing the signs of suspicious activity. For instance, is the email poorly written, though ostensibly from a reputable source? Does is try to get you to click on a link or attachment? Is it fear-inducing? It is best to err on the side of caution, report the email, and then delete it.
But not to worry. Just like there are basic hygiene methods that will actually slow the spread of disease in communities, implementing cyber hygiene best practices for your organization can reduce the cybercrime risk. Just as most people are naturally wary of fear-inducing, unsolicited calls from the “IRS,” they should be cautious with any and all unsolicited emails concerning coronavirus.