Protecting yourself from cyber scams

Since the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been a dramatic climb in the number of cyber scams.

Posted: May 20, 2020 5:40 PM
Updated: May 21, 2020 8:37 AM

Many of the latest COVID cybercrimes are targeted at individuals, but larger companies are falling prey to high tech scams as well. Michelle Tuttle is the Chief Training and Development Manager at cyber security company Anjolen. She talked about what it’s like recovering after a cyber-attack.

"It’s costly. It’s timely. It’s stressful, but it can be done, so of course the best advice is always to be proactive, and we encourage companies to make sure they’re doing cyber security testing throughout the year."

Protecting your company does come at a cost, but Tuttle says just one cyber-attack can be devastating.

"You’re going to spend more after the fact then you’re going to spend to be proactive, plus there’s all the lost productivity, all the lost time, lost sense of credibility and reputation to your clients and all of that is so costly, and depending on what sector they’re in, you know they may be facing fines from the government."

If you feel you have been a victim of a cybercrime, there are agencies you can report the offense to. The Social Security Administration deals with Social Security fraud, If you have been a victim of an international scam, report it through econsumer.gov. , and The Federal Trade Commission does investigate consumer cyber crimes. One way companies and consumers can help protect themselves is to stay current on computer updates.

"A lot of those updates have security patches in them. Security patches are when you know Microsoft’s identified an attacker has found some loophole or a back door in that’s going to allow them to manipulate your system from an attack, so you want to make sure you’re doing those updates so those patches are done, so your protecting yourself that way."

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