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Working from home - What about phishing?

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Geert Van de Steen
Chief Information Security Officer , EASI

The COVID-19 crisis is imposing a different way of working for most organizations. Here is some valuable advice.

Most people are working remote today. Unfortunately cybercriminals are already abusing this situation: they try to take advantage of the increase in employees working from home and without colleagues contacts. Here is some valuable advice.

Phishing remains a hacker’s favourite

  • Beware of suspicious messages, e.g. referring to confidential or urgent operations
  • Remember: hackers also use SMS, Whatsapp, etc.
  • If the message contains links, verify them before you click
  • If the message contains attachments, verify the validity of the message before opening it (sender, content)
  • An emergency related to Corona? Careful, this could be a scam
  • If you get any requests you find suspicious or unusual, try to verify the identity of the sender through a different channel (e.g. phone) or discuss with another colleague

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  • If you notice something suspicious or you think something went wrong, please notify your security department or IT operations to help limit the impact.
  • It is sometimes a matter of hours between a failed attack and a successful attack: your help is crucial.

So our advice for all you remote workers out there: let’s all work towards staying safe in the cyberspace too.

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