• Office of the Comptroller

Federal agencies warn of increased cyber attacks targeting systems and emails

he FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Center for Internet Security have issued alerts warning of increased targeted attacks on government entities providing COVID-related services. Attackers are focused not only on compromising websites, applications, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), but are also trying to compromise credentials through weak password access and phishing emails. Teleworking increases risks, and departments and staff should increase protections.

Staff should be reminded weekly that all emails should be considered suspicious, and links and documents are not to be opened unless it is certain that they are legitimate. Departments must set up a process to ensure that suspicious emails are reviewed or scanned prior to opening. There are several links for free cybersecurity training on CTR’s Cyber Center. Please share Cybersecurity Tips and Alerts with staff for tips on safe teleworking. Contact CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov if there are any cyber incidents or concerns so that we may assist you. 

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