With the rise of Coronavirus (COVID-19), businesses around the globe are facing major troubles. Struggling to keep their businesses in continuation and to secure their corporate assets, private and public-sector organizations are increasingly going for “work from home” policies, and social interactions are rapidly becoming restrained to audio and video calls, social media and different chat programs. At the same time, employees are also combating a tough fight against the Coronavirus itself.

To make things worse during this difficult situation, cybercriminals are using this opportunity, trying to make the most of this situation. Apart from the increase in malicious messages, the organizations are encountering new threats of Ransomware, which is increasingly being used by hackers to extort money from companies. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes over your computer and prevents you from accessing files until you pay a ransom.

Many corporate, organizations and government offices are disseminating information via digital means. In today’s unprecedented context, these cyber attacks by hackers for ransomware and other advantages, that deprives organizations of access to their devices, data or the internet could be devastating and even deadly.

In the wake of possible impact, the companies need to consider the threats associated with their data security and data privacy and enhance their company’s cyber defenses. Although, organizations can maintain controls to help protect their data, networks and computers from these types of attacks, with quickly changing attack scenarios they rely on to be the first line of defense.

Here are some simple things companies can do to help avoid a ransomware/malware attack:

Think Before You Click
The most common way ransomware threats enter a corporate network is through emails. Often, scammers will include malicious links or attachments in emails that will be harmless for business. To avoid this trap, please observe the following email best practices:

– Do not click on links or attachments from senders that you do not recognize. Be especially wary of .zip or other compressed or executable file types.
– Don’t share Company Data on personal email ID / Social Media Accounts / Public Domain
– Do not provide sensitive personal information (like usernames and passwords) over email.
– Watch for email senders that use suspicious or misleading domain names.
– Be especially cautious when opening attachments or clicking links if you receive an email containing a warning banner indicating that it originated from an external source.
– Don’t install any unapproved software including freeware and open source network

If Something Seems Wrong, Notify IT
Don’t let this pandemic become a boon to hackers, as they can affect the growth of your business. It is time for you to expand your IT disaster recovery and contingency plans to address unpredicted scenarios. If your computer is infected with ransomware threats, you will typically be locked out of all programs and a “ransom screen” will appear. In the unfortunate event that you click a link or attachment that you suspect is malware or ransomware, please notify IT immediately.

Everyone’s awareness in these circumstances is instrumental in preventing the spread of dangerous infections both online and in the physical world.