The Rise of Cybercrime During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Technology has made remarkable progress over the last decade allowing businesses to grow exponentially. But as technology continues to evolve, so do hackers. As employees continue to work remotely your business is at more risk for cyber-attacks.
According to the FBI instances of cybercrime have jumped by nearly 300 percent since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports that since the start of the pandemic they are now receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybersecurity complaints daily whereas before they received on average 1,000 complaints a day.
As you continue to run your business and work from home you must be taking the needed steps to protect yourself, your data, and your work.
Beware of Phishing Emails
Hackers do not take time off, even during a pandemic. Instead, they are taking advantage of the heightened emotions caused due to COVID-19. Cybercriminals are targeting individuals and organizations across the globe. It is your job to learn how to combat these criminals and educate your employees.
Phishing is by far the most common cyberattack and it is important to know what to look for. Some things that could signal that an email is unsafe: unrecognized email address, the email is poorly written, you do not recognize the format of the attachment or it looks suspicious, the email asks you to log-in to something, the email asks you for usernames or passwords.
Overall, trust your instincts and if the email feels off do not reply or click on any links. Instead, if your organization has a security team forward them the email, mark it as suspicious through your email provider and delete it. Opening any phishing emails could introduce ransomware into your systems.
The Value of the Cloud
The cloud is another great way to back up your company’s data and ensures that it is easily accessible.
One application that can help secure your sensitive data is Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure provides flexibility that allows you to define the frequency and extent of your company’s data backups as well as giving you the ability to handle any regulatory requirements or data storage requirements.
Datix is here to help you get the most out of Microsoft Azure and cloud technology. Our cloud-based environments can back up your data from every five minutes to every four hours and data can be held for up to 30 days. We also can store two-to-three copies of your data in up to three different locations in addition to the two-to-three copies of data that are stored in Microsoft Azure. By turning to Datix and Microsoft Azure for your cloud-based needs we can ensure that your data is always protected no matter what your business may face.
Invest in Data Backup and Recovery
It is vital to have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution, especially in a time where so much work is being done remotely and virtually.
Strong backup and disaster recovery planning is the only way to truly protect your software. By regularly backing up your data, you can restore data just as it appeared moments before the attack. Cloud platforms are great, especially with so much digital work being done as they automatically back up your files. However, it is important that you are not just relying on the cloud, instead make sure you are keeping multiple copies of your data on both physical and virtual servers in case anything was to fail and to ensure you are fully protected from malware.
EverSafe! can help ensure your company and its sensitive data are secure. EverSafe! backs-up data in two bi-coastal data centers with instant on and off-site virtualization. Additionally, it provides screenshot backup verification allowing your company to easily test backup integrity and provide you with evidence of successful backups. EverSafe! is also equipped with malware and ransomware protection. It will quickly notify you when ransomware is detected and remove malware to make sure your data is fully restored in no time.
COVID-19 continues to present new challenges to people and businesses daily. As we work to navigate this new way of living and working it is important to make sure you stay protected against cybercriminals.
Datix is dedicated to helping your business and keeping your data protected. Our consultants are experts in EverSafe! and Microsoft Azure and will do whatever it takes to keep your technology and data safe.
Want to make sure your company is safe, and your data is secure? Contact a Datix consultant today!