How Hackers are Exploiting COVID-19 and What Organizations Can Do About It

by Tim Freestone, Vice President of Corporate Marketing on April 6, 2020

Now that many people are working from home due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), businesses are facing unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. Unfortunately, among many challenges, hackers are poised to capitalize on the crisis by attacking with viruses of their own. Thousands of COVID-19-related websites are being launched by cyber criminals. Tragically, COVID-19-themed domain registrations are 50% more likely to be from malicious actors.

Most of these sites include phishing scams that exploit both consumers and workers who simply want to stay up to date on what’s going on. Directing traffic to these fraudulent sites are malicious email campaigns that use phishing and even social engineering tactics to incent action on the part of the user.

Ransomware is on the rise as well. Recently, a tracking app called “COVID19 Tracker” masked itself as a...

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DHS Allows Remote Review of Form I-9s During COVID-19 Emergency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is temporarily relaxing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification document review requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Employers whose employees are working remotely to limit physical proximity during the national emergency will be permitted to review their employees' identity and employment authorization documents remotely.

Employers are required to complete the Form I-9 to verify and document an employee's identity and employment authorization. As part of the normal verification process, the employer must view and record in Form I-9, Section 2, the original verification documents presented by the employee in the employer's physical presence and compare any identification information on the documents to the employee.

Key details of the temporary provisions include:

  • The exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If any employees are physically...
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Ideas to Transition your Business during COVID-19

As businesses are being required to shut their doors to the public and people are working from home at an unprecedented rate - it’s become very clear that many businesses across various industries will be fighting to stay afloat during this period of uncertainty. More specifically, small businesses.

As I’ve had conversations with every one of our clients over the last week, it’s become clear that almost all of them will have to find new ways to deliver their product and/or service to their customers. 

I’ve put together a list of ideas that several industries can implement into their business quickly in order to help mitigate revenue losses.

RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL 

  • Offer a subscription service
  • Offer free delivery 
  • Make items available to order online 
  • Create a separate line of business such as online cooking classes, personal shopping, and affiliated partnerships 
  • Re-negotiate leases with landlords

REAL ESTATE 

  • Go virtual...
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