COVID-19 Is Requiring Us to Implement Cyber Distancing (Part 2)

While Working From Home We Need to Avoid Engaging in Practices That May Typically Circumvent Controls at Work

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed the concept of “cyber distancing” for employees asked to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees that can keep a ‘six foot distance’ between their digital home life and digital work life can go a long way towards  safeguarding their company’s most sensitive data. To that end, I provided physical actions professionals could execute harden their home network. In Part 2 of this two-part series, I’ll address cyber distancing from a psychological angle that will complement the physical recommendations I’ve made.  

There’s no mistaking that manipulative psychology and social engineering hold many pages in a hacker’s playbook. As such, it’s important to aware of the current opportunity that’s been gifted to cyber attackers. Yes, COVID-19 themed phishing emails have become a successful attack vector for adversaries. They work because we’re emotionally susceptible right now. For some of us, our guards are down and that can lead to us losing focus of protecting something that’s critically important: our employer’s data. While working from home or even while at work for that matter, follow these steps to avoid behaviors that may let the bad guy in. 

At Home Recommendations:

• Do not click on email links and attachments. This statement sounds so easy and straight forward, yet a large percentage of individuals still continue to fall for this trap. The primary entrance vector for COVID-19 themed attacks have been via email and we’ve seen a massive uptick in campaigns using this pandemic to their advantage.  

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