Much of the world’s attention right now is focused on the COVID-19 virus, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, malicious members of society not only started coronavirus scams but are multiplying them.
Also, as healthcare providers get increasingly overburdened with this crisis, they’re even more susceptible to falling prey to cyber-attacks.
The good news is that many companies are stepping up to offer free cybersecurity support to businesses and organizations that need them in these trying times. If you need any assistance Hook Security is here to help!
Cyber Risk Aware Free Phishing Tests
In Ireland, Cyber Risk Aware is a cybersecurity awareness training business. That organization has announced that it would start offering other businesses COVID-19 phishing tests for free. Any organization willing to participate can run through a phishing simulation where as many as 100 employees can all learn how they can avoid getting caught up in COVID-19 lures.
On top of their free simulation, businesses can access a Do’s and Don’ts checklist created for the cyber-safety of remotely working employees. The growth of employees working remotely has grown exponentially around the world as companies try to either slow the spread of the disease or follow the ‘stay at home’ and ‘shelter in place’ orders of government authorities.
Why This Is Happening
Stephen Burke is the CEO of Cyber Risk Aware. Infosecurity Magazine asked him about this initiative, and he said that he was sickened by learning that cybercriminals had crippled various hospitals to the point that patients were being turned away. What started out as a COVID-19 phishing email wound up impacting medical facility operations with ransomware to the point that patients needing care weren’t receiving it.
Burke wonders if cybercriminals have stopped to think about what it would be like if their own family members were refused access to the medical treatment they need because someone shut down a hospital with ransomware.
An International Effort
Cyber Risk Aware is far from the only outfit stepping up to fight off criminals without a conscious looking to make money off the global crisis. Coveware is a ransomware recovery company in the United States, and Emsisoft is an antivirus solutions provider in New Zealand.
Both outfits have partnered up so they can offer free assistance to healthcare providers, such as critical care hospitals, working at the forefront of this pandemic. While ransomware incidents are known to have typical seasonal spikes, they are already impacting many medical service providers. Fears persist that this season’s attacks might be substantially higher, as criminals deliberately target medical facilities as COVID-19 peaks in their areas.
The intentions for this partnership are two-fold. First, both organizations hope to restore functionality to providers as quickly as possible. Second, they are allowing healthcare providers access to their full range of ransomware services at no charge.
Cybersecurity was already of paramount concern before COVID-19 changed the world in new and surprising ways. If you’re worried about the safety of your organization’s money, identity, and digital safety, then look into Hook Security’s Phishing Testing & Cybersecurity Awareness Training.
Get tested to see your current level of protection, find out how to improve it, and learn what you need to be aware of in this unprecedented crisis. Contact us today!
Source article: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/companies-offer-free-cybersecurity/