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MESSAGE ABOUT COVID19 FROM MEASURED SECURITY

While we are fighting to contain the spread of coronavirus in many countries, its impact is still expanding quickly around the globe, reaching even the most remote places. Most of this countires are closing their borders and imposing lockdowns as their preventive measures in many cities or states; on the other hand, companies are reducing their operations, causing an imbalance in the laboral sector and increasing the unemployment rates all over the world.

Until a few days ago, specifically mid-april of 2020, we saw how the oil industry reached its most critical point in its history, having a negative barrel quote, caused of course by the pandemic world crisis, which paralyzed many big activities of the world economy.

The fight against the coronavirus continues to having its impact in many markets, for example, internet is the perfect opportunity for many hackers to open illegal business, because internet has become a means where people tends to take refuge and distract from the current situation we are living.

The most remarkable thing about these hackers is to see how they promote and make “special offers” of their “products”. We’re talking about malicious malware that deceive you with discount codes about products of “COVID-19”.

In this situation, don’t trust in any website that offers discounts or sales, no matter how authentic they are. To avoid being an online scam victim, our recommendations to prevent an unsafe behavior are:

  • Be careful with e-mails and files received from unknown senders, specially if they offer sales or special discounts.
  • Do not open any unknown attached file nor any link in the e-mail.
  • Make sure to order products from an authentic source. One way to do it is to NOT open promotional links in the e-mails.

On the other hand, the WHO is following very close the spreading evolution reviewing the graphs based on the latest records, that is currently in; 2.8 million infected and 194.456 deceased, with the USA concentrating most of the infected and deaths.

Different researches show that in many countries the curve is flattening, while on others the situation is getting worse, like the african continent, where we watch the numbers of infected rising.

We can avoid it if we apply detection test son time, so that we may reduce the infection and stop spreading de disease.

Health authorities are asking to be on alert and take care of our health, by giving the following advices:

  • Avoid contact with people suffering from respiratory infections and animals
  • Wash your hands frequently, specially after direct contact with sick people or their enviroment.
  • Use of masks
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue or by flexing your elbow.

And most important of all…. Stay home!

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Impacto del COVID-19 en la ciberseguridad y las empresas

COVID-19 impact in cybersecurity and companies

 

COVID-19 has become a gold mine for cybercriminals. Months ago, the coronavirus pandemichas grown exponetially around the world and is expected to increase the number of infected in many countries, specially the USA who has more than 190.000 cases.

While we are fighting to contain the spreading of COVID-19 in the world, its encounter is quickly expanding. Countries are closing their borders and imposing lockdowns to towns, cities and states, companies are reducing their operations, therefore, real economy grows thin and the subterranean economy starts to activate. This is the precise moment where hackers around the globe prepare their malicious plays about COVID-19 and spread their own infections.

As a result of this pandemic, cybercriminals seize the opportunity to scam individuals, revealed by the Checkpoint Computing Security Agency, in which they expose the rising number of malicious websites, putting information about the pandemic only to steal your money and data.

Malicious domains related to coronavirus

Worldwide speaking, domains related to COVID-19 have a 50% chance of being malicious than other domains registered in the same amount of time and besides, they are higher than recent seasonal themes.

Since the beginning of january, across the lapsus in which the disease spreaded, 16.000 new COVID-19 related domains settled.

Only in the last 3 weeks, it was noticed a big increase in number of registrated domains; the average number of new domains is 10, more than the average number found in previous weeks. Also, 0,8% of these domains were malicious (93 websites) and other 19% were suspicious (more than 2.200 websites). In the last week, more than 6.000 new domains were registered, a 85% increase in comparison to the previous week.

In this situation, distrust any website that offers discounts, no matter how authentic is. To avoid being an online scam victim, our recommendations to prevent an unsafe behavior are:

  • Be careful with e-mails and files received from unknown senders, specially if they offer sales or special discounts.
  • Do not open any unknown attached file nor any link in the e-mail.
  • Make sure to order products from an authentic source. One way to do it is to NOT open promotional links in the e-mails.

Remember that besides washing your hands regularly, it’s very important to mantain your cyber-hygiene.

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¿Por qué es importante la ciberseguridad?

Why is cybersecurity so important?

 

The importance of digital security

Cybersecurity is important because it encompasses everything related to our personal data protection, information about personal identification, health information, intellectual property, government and industry data and information system against theft and damage from cybercriminals and other entities that try to enter in our private network.

The cybersecurity risk is increasing and its caused by global connectivity and cloud service usage, the place where personal information and classified data are stored. The defficient generalized configuration of cloud services along with increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, has meant that the risk of succesful cyberattacks or a data breach to your business is increasing.

“Cybersecurity nowadays is more important than ever, due to world population’s mayority connected to the worldwide network and that makes them vulnerable if they don’t have the appropiate tools to protect themselves on the network. In the past few years there has been hacks that caused irreparable damage to the public and private sector. Unfortunately, today we have to be conscious about being a victim of information hijacking, identity theft, banking products cloning, phishing, etc…. Through this simple hacks or digital methodologies to extract information we can lose it all. To have a protected system, it is required the help from every member from said system, since all are protected, the system does not have any vulnerability, it’s like having the flu and stay home to avoid the propagation of it in your office (SYSTEM). Keeping your devices with the proper cybersecurity measures helps the system to not have a security vulnerability”, . Explains José Domingo Abogabir, CEO and General Director of Measured Security.

Cyber threats can come from any level of your organization. You must educate your staff about simple social engineering scams like phishing and more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware or another malware designed to steal intellectual property or personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation or (GDPR) and other laws indicate that cybersecurity is not something that companies of any size can ignore. Security incidents affects regularly to companies of any size and often they appear on the cover causing irreversible damage to the reputation of companies involved.

The importance of cybersecurity is on the rise. Our society is fundamentally more technological-dependat than ever before and there’s no sign that this trend will decrease. Personal data that might provoke an identity fraud, now they are poste don our social network accounts. Classified information such as social security numbers, credit card info and bank account details are now stored in cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

If you’re still not worried about cybersecurity, you should and in MSS Vision we’ll be at your service and bring you all the protection you deserve.

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