Cybersecurity during Covid-19
Laylan Pennel |
What’s it like to work remotely during the pandemic? Our experts at Black Cipher Security discussed how to protect yourself and your computer during COVID-19 when the majority of your employees are working from home.
During today’s webinar, we watched a virtual demonstration of a simulated hacker accessing a company’s email list and employee computers. Hackers are able to extract credentials from a user’s computer once they have gained access during the computer. From here they can take screenshots, steal data and other sensitive information from the computer.
Oftentimes this is undetectable by the anti-virus software. For this reason, it’s important to have as many failsafes as possible to protect yourself and your computer.
Tip #1: Avoid storing your passwords in Chrome and Internet Explorer as they can be accessed easily through the browser by an attacker.
Tip #2: Avoid re-using passwords from several different sites. If you use the same password on two websites, it can act as a “master key” from one site to another.
The Cyber Criminal’s Objectives:
- Data & Financial Theft – system access and credential theft
- Command & Control – system access/crypto-mining and credential theft
- Resource Denial- deny system/resource access
- Targeted and opportunistic attacks.
- Be suspicious of email requesting you to click on a link.
- Enable 2FA on all accounts that support it.
- Enable logging on everything
- Don’t use the Administrator account for everyday activities
- Keep your computer systems and 3rd party software up to date.
- Protect and monitor work from home devices.
- Never accept anything in Word format- everything should be in PDF. Malware can live in Microsoft Word documents.