May Cyber News Bytes: COVID-19 Continues to Impact the Cybersecurity Landscape

Cyber News Bytes – May

Each month, RCM&D’s Cyber Practice highlights key issues in the world of cybersecurity. In this month’s edition of Cyber News Bytes, we continue to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the cybersecurity landscape.

Coronavirus Contact Tracing

Contact tracing, one of the key issues highlighted in the White House’s “Opening Up America Again” guideline, is something all employers will need to prepare to implement. Employers need to understand how the contact tracing process works, guidance on available tools, and key US labor and employment considerations to be aware of in implementing this process to ensure compliance with various laws.

An article from The National Law Review provides an overview of the key issues to know when creating a contact tracing program.

The Next Normal: Privacy and Data Security Implications of Employee Screening 

As businesses prepare to welcome employees back to the workplace following the lifting of stay-at-home orders, the issue of privacy and employee screening presents employers with a host of new challenges. COVID-19 testing and contact tracing are just a few issues that employers will need to prepare for as the world transitions to the “next normal.” Employers will need to gain an understanding of privacy implications in conjunction with these issues to prepare for reopening.

An article from JDSupra highlights these issues and more.

Pandemic Fraud

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, cyber criminals continue to seize opportunities to wreak havoc on distressed victims. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have been cooperating with the private sector to disrupt several fraudulent schemes to steal from unsuspecting victims online.

These schemes have included:

  • A website that pretended to collect donations to the American Red Cross.
  • Fake websites that spoofed government programs to trick users into entering personally identifiable information, including banking details.
  • Websites of legitimate companies used to facilitate the delivery of malicious software.

Now more than ever, it is imperative to be vigilant online. An article from Volkov Law highlights steps organizations should take in avoiding pandemic-related scams.

Ransomware Attacks Continue

Under normal circumstances, the issue of ransomware is always a hot topic in the cybersecurity world. That sentiment remains unchanged in the era of COVID-19. Recently, one of Europe’s largest healthcare organizations, Fresenius Group, experienced a ransomware attack. This attack was tied to a new “snake” strain of ransomware. Despite rumors of criminals avoiding the healthcare sector while they navigate through the COVID-19 situation, this is just another example of groups preying on a vulnerable industry.

An article from Krebs On Security goes in-depth on the attack in Europe and highlights why organizations should remain vigilant in preventing ransomware attacks.

Questions?

As the world continues to change in response to COVID-19, RCM&D is here for you to help protect your cybersecurity. Talk to a trusted advisor today with any questions on these highlighted issues and beyond.

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