Message to staff on the importance of cybersecurity in a pandemic situation (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))

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Message to staff on the importance of cybersecurity in a pandemic situation (eg coronavirus (COVID-19))

The issue

Unfortunately, during a pandemic situation cybercriminals tend to increase their activity; the pandemic provides an issue to prey on individuals worldwide.

While we work from home, we need to be aware of potential cyber-attacks against our personal and work environments. During the coronavirus pandemic, cybercriminals [are using OR used] the situation to impersonate local/national governments, regional/global health organizations and popular news sources. In addition to phishing emails, cybercriminals [are using OR used]:

  1. text messages to mobile phones claiming to be from official entities, eg the UK government;

  2. fake pandemic-related websites hosting malware and malicious apps; and

  3. impersonation of VPN/portal representatives to capture employee credentials.

What we need from you

It is important that we continue to follow all standard processes and standard company-issued IT resources during a pandemic situation. Any changes to our processes should be fully documented, reviewed and approved by management, and communicated through normal internal communication methods.

During this time, we must all:

  1. maintain a high level of caution when reading emails, especially external emails related to the pandemic;

  2. only use company-provided equipment to perform business functions;

  3. use company email for all work-related functions—do not use or respond to emails from other employees’ personal email for work-related tasks;

  4. only use tools/websites that have been previously approved by the company;

  5. only

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