The COVID-19 Checklist: Detailed Steps to Better Protect Your Organization
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Just because we are in the midst of a global pandemic does not mean we get a reprieve from cyber threats. Reports of COVID-19 related incidents show that many adversaries appear emboldened by the ongoing chaos and aim to compromise sensitive networks and systems while the workforce is adapting to the turmoil. For instance, a malicious coronavirus tracker was found to be spreading malware, the FBI has reported phishing campaigns with COVID-19 themed lures, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) experienced DDoS attempts from multiple sources. Regardless of how long this current pandemic lasts, the age of mass teleworking is here. Adversaries are aware of the challenges that telework has introduced into the security landscape and they are leveraging the dynamics of the ongoing crisis to exploit corporate systems that may not have been adequately secured or prepared for the telework migration.
This report provides detailed nontechnical and technical steps that can improve the security posture of any organization.
Triage and Update Existing Security Policies and Procedures
Reduce the Risk of Insider Threats
Secure Wi-Fi Connections
Establish Clear and Consistent Communication
Restrict Transmission of Organization Data
Update Security Policies
Provide Telework Support
Educate on the Risk of Phishing Scams
Secure Physical Workspaces
Plan for the Future
Implement and Require a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Enforce Multifactor Authentication
Encrypt Sensitive Data While in Storage, Processing, and Transit
Monitor User Behavior
Additionally, the report recommends applicable products from MicroFocus Government Solutions that can be leveraged to secure your business.