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March 18, 2020

Spencer Pollock’s interview on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5’s News Now with Bryan Nehm

https://www.wbal.com/article/442114/3/baltimore-cybersecurity-attorney-threats-of-working-from-home

"One thing we're seeing right now ... hackers like to play on fear," Pollock told Nehman. "Right now, [the hackers] are launching this massive email phishing campaign."

Phishing is described as an email that is prompting you to click on a link, Pollock said.

Some of the most common phishing scams are "click here" links to track the coronavirus or donate to help with the virus that appear to come from major organizations like the World Health Organization or even Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to Pollock.

"One of the biggest risks, I think we see working from home ... first is, we're all using unsecured networks by using your private, at-home Wi-Fi," Pollock told Nehman. "It's easier for hackers to get access to your at home Wi-Fi rather than at your company [with its] internet."

Pollock said when working from home, we are more lax with our usual work procedures and cybersecurity measures.

Rather than heightening your own network security, Pollock said there are easy steps that can be taken with a team approach.

To prevent falling victim to scams, use the "precise, preventative and proactive," approach, Pollock said.

1. Precise: look at the emails that you receive and take a look at the email addresses. Check to see if even one letter in the email address is changed. For example, while it may seem that you've received an email from your boss, possibly one letter of the address has been changed. Also, examine the content of the email. Do not take any shortcuts and review the contents before clicking on any links or responding.

2. Preventative: If your company has set you up with a virtual private network, log into the VPN, as it is much more secure than your home network. Use two-factor authentication if the option is provided. Other simple preventative measures would be changing your password for the period that you will be working from home.

3. Proactive: Question any email you may receive and any links within those emails. If it does seem suspicious, call the sender if you know them. If it's a client, a colleague, etc. just call to confirm the email. At max, call your company's IT department as the staff will be able to tell you quickly if the email is safe or not.

Pollock said when it comes to cybersecurity when working from home, it is best to take the team approach.                           

https://www.wbal.com/article/442114/3/baltimore-cybersecurity-attorney-threats-of-working-from-home

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