It’s going to take an entire organization supporting each other, both employers and employees, to ride out these tumultuous and unparalleled times.
The past weeks have shown many positive examples of organizations and individuals rising to the occasion to selflessly help others in need during this pandemic. We’ve also been witness to the worst in human nature – the rise of opportunistic scammers quickly taking advantage of the chaos and uncertainty to prey on normally diligent, scam-savvy individuals. These thieves and scammers steal from both businesses and individuals, jeopardizing the health and stability of an organization and its people. We’re all challenged and trying to make it through these difficult times. Unfortunately, we need to be more alert than ever in protecting our organizations and employees from those who will readily attack us when and where we are most vulnerable.
Your employees are worried, scared, stressed and anxious. Provide them with resources and knowledge to help them keep your company information, as well as their own personal information, safe from criminals eager to take advantage of our new ‘normal’.
Securing home workspaces may seem daunting, but it’s a critical step to keep your organization safe and functioning.
Remember, we’re all in this together. Help protect your employer from criminal acts that could further harm the stability of your company during these especially difficult economic times. You can do this by abiding by the security protocols in place regarding network databases, computers, electronic devices and paper files and documents.
From a personal perspective, protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially the elderly who oftentimes fall victim. They may not be as familiar with various methods of common email fraud. Show them how to verify who the sender is, ensuring it is coming from an email address they know. Let them know to be very wary of attachments or links and how to hover and confirm the destination of the link before clicking on it. Tell them it’s okay to contact the sender to confirm the attachment or link was intentional if they’re unsure. Sometimes these best practices come second-nature to those intimately familiar with technology, and we forget that not all of us have that luxury.
Pay attention and be on the lookout for criminals poised and ready to make off with your personal information, especially right now when many Americans are expecting their economic-impact payment (the official name for the IRS-issued ‘stimulus’ checks). These scams can be executed via many means, including mail, email, phone, text, fake websites and fraudulent products. They are ever-evolving so take the time to stay current with some of the most recent scams.
Humanity creates within us a desire to rise up and help out during adversity. Sometimes our greatest impacts can be made through simple acts, using our knowledge and information to help others.