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Avoid Phishing Attacks during COVID-19 Crisis: How to Recognize Malicious Coronavirus Phishing Scams

Avoid Phishing Attacks during COVID-19 Crisis: How to Recognize Malicious Coronavirus Phishing Scams

As the struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic increases, people are scrambling to find trustworthy information about the spread of the disease.  Unfortunately, spammers and scammers are using the situation to take advantage of people.

Please refer to the following overview to help you fight against phishing attacks and malware to avoid being scammed during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Check the sender’s email address. With all the phishing scams, check that contact names match the actual email address they’re sending from, use two-factor authentication if possible.
  • Try not to click! If it’s a link and you’re on a computer, take advantage of your mouse’s hover to closely inspect the domain address before clicking on them.
  • Do not download files from unfamiliar people. Avoid opening attachments from any external email addresses or phone numbers.
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations or cures. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Phone Calls / Robo Calls: If you get a call offering any free good or service to you at this time, there’s a better chance that it’s a scam than it is something legitimate. Ignore it.
  • Mobile Phone Ransomware: Avoid downloading applications that pretend to be helpful or to provide critical medical information. This most probably installs malware.

Get our team’s opinion, we are here to help!

DigitalEra Group’s primary concern is the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and partners, and we are fully committed to continuing to support you during this challenging time. For more tips and information please visit the Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Warnings and Safety Tips page here.

If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss additional measures, please reach out to us at support@digitaleragroup.com or call 786-621-8600.  

DigitalEra Group COVID-19 Response: Protecting our Customers, Partners, Friends, and Family Remains our #1 Priority

As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to make headlines and spread to more and more communities, we wanted to reassure you that we are taking measures to protect our clients, partners, and employees while minimizing undue disruptions to our business operations. We assure you that we are prepared to respond should the situation worsen; and have therefore established the following core principles to keep us focused on what’s important:

  • Maintain our commitment to our customers and partners and provide them with uninterrupted service and quality care.
  • We will continue offering regular hours of support, and as of this point, no major disruption is expected in our operations.
  • We are committed to following the latest guidelines recommended by health officials such as social distancing as one effective measure to control the spread of COVID-19. We therefore perfectly understand any concerns you may have about attending in-person meetings, whether in our office or elsewhere, and are happy to arrange alternative means of communicating. Please let us know if you prefer to meet by telephone, Skype, WhatsApp, or by other means, and we will coordinate.
  • This includes rescheduling or canceling sponsored events until a later date, and where possible planning virtual events in their place.
  • Though we will be limiting all non-essential on-site visits for the short term, if there is an emergency issue, we will send an engineer on-site pending there are no government mandates blocking this.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation daily and are prepared to adjust quickly to change.
  • Protect our customer and partner communities and commit to taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Ensure DigitalEra Group employees stay safe and remain calm

Please be assured that our primary concern is the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and partners, and we are fully committed to continuing to support you during this challenging time. Finally, we’d like to share with you this COVID-19 toolkit with information and resources published by the Florida Department of Health. Please, Stay Safe and Healthy!

If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss our internal plan, please reach out to us at support@digitaleragroup.com or call 786-621-8600.

 

DigitalEra Recognized on CRN’s 2020 MSP500 List

MIAMI, FL. – February 19, 2020 – DigitalEra, a premier IT security solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named DigitalEra to its 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category. This popular list identifies North American solution providers that deliver operational efficiencies, IT system improvements, and a higher rate of return on investments for their customers. These accomplished MSPs work tirelessly to guide their customers and create solutions for complex IT issues.

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250 who are focused primarily on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, large data center-focused on- and off-premises; and the Managed Security 100 made up of off-premises-focused, cloud-based IT security services.

“MSPs are the critical bridge for customers looking to assess, implement and migrate their IT and cloud solutions to drive efficiencies, lower costs and secure your environment,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “On behalf of our team at The Channel Company, I want to congratulate the accomplished companies on CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 list and thank them for their commitment to finding innovative solutions that move the IT channel forward.”

“We’re thrilled to be recognized among CRN’s 2020 Security 100 MSP’s,” said Patrick Dyer, CEO & President of DigitalEra. “Our team has done an exceptional job working closely with our customers to understand their specific business objectives, offering consulting services to identify, deploy and manage the ideal technology solutions they need in order to achieve their goals.”

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/msp500.

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit:www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com

 

Secure Miami 2020 featuring Hector Monsegur as Keynote Speaker

Registration Now Open!

Join us on Saturday, February 8th as we bring together top cybersecurity experts to provide thought-provoking discussions and interactive presentations in our high-quality networking forum.

This year’s conference theme “Expect a Breach: Don’t Sleep on Cyber” will explore innovations in cybersecurity automation, diversity of incident response plans across organizations, and the impact of a breach.

Complimentary Secure Miami conference pass includes free admission to Brew Miami, Miami’s hottest craft beer and food festival.

Earn a certificate of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) for attending Secure Miami Conference.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 

Hector Monsegur Chief Researcher, Rhino Security Labs, Former Hacktivist

Hector “Sabu” Monsegur is the most controversial hacker of this generation and the former defacto head of Anonymous/ LulzSec and lastly a high profile Federal informant. Monsegur’s story is more tangled and complicated than many know. He grew up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York in a family trapped in a world of poverty and drugs. His mother left him when he was young which led to a close relationship with the rest of his family and the eventual adoption of his two nieces whom he raised from when they were little girls.

Trying to find a better life for himself and his nieces, Monsegur found that his computer skills could empower him far above his socioeconomic barriers and his 9th grade education – but also led him into the dark world of hacking. Monsegur ruled the “hacktivist” scene breaching targets almost daily – from Nintendo, to News Corp, to PayPal/VISA/Mastercard, to Middle Eastern governments and to the very security firms supposedly protecting against hackers like him. That is until the FBI closed in…

     

About Secure Miami Conference

Florida International University (FIU), one of the top research institutions in the U.S., and Digital Era Group, a world-class cybersecurity provider in South Florida, partner together to host the inaugural cybersecurity conference, SECURE MIAMI, with the goal to educate individuals about the latest security threats and strategies as well as stimulate interest among the local IT security workforce.

Secure Miami has rapidly become South Florida’s can’t-miss security event of the year – drawing over 200 IT security executives and professionals in its third edition on February 2019.

For more information, visit: www.securemiami.com.

Follow Secure Miami: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Become a sponsor and maximize brand exposure through a range of sponsorship opportunities.

Questions? info@securemiami.com 

Inside the List: DigitalEra Group Fights Against Ransomware

As published by the South Florida Business Journal, check out the following interview done to DigitalEra Group’s President & CEO, Patrick Dyer.

MIAMI, FL. – October 11, 2019 – As DigitalEra prepares to celebrate its 20th year of business, the company can boast rapid growth.

With a near 25% increase in revenue between 2017 and 2018, the Miami-based technology company is one of the fastest-growing in the region.

“We really want to solve the problems of our customers, and keep them safe [from the threat of ransomware],” co-founder and CEO Patrick Dyer said. “I think that’s one of the main factors that helps us grow.”

DigitalEra, which describes itself as a cybersecurity integrator, provided solutions and protections for large companies across various industries.

Dyer always knew he’d work in technology. “It’s in my DNA,” he said. “My father has been a technology guy all his life. I started my career in tech with a company he created.”

Dyer worked at Microsoft before realizing that being in the corporate tech world wasn’t the right fit for him.

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I told my father that I think there’s an opportunity around cybersecurity,” he said.

In 2000, Dyer and his father, Cliff, co-founded DigitalEra. Dyer admits that the timing wasn’t the best. It was just after the start of the dot-com crash of 2000, but they pushed forward with their business.

“One of our advantages has actually been that we are a boutique shop,” he said. “Technology moves so fast that you really have to be nimble and ready for change, and being boutique allowed us to be a chameleon and change when we needed to.”

DigitalEra most recently pivoted its focus on service by opening managed security and incident response practices. They allow the company to be “in the battlefield,” Dyer said, and really see what’s going on in cybersecurity from a different angle.

Like many of his peers, Dyer anticipates that the threat of ransomware will not disappear anytime soon. He worries that one of the underlying problems in cybersecurity isn’t being addressed.

“There is a problem on the supply chain side,” he said. “A lot of products are being manufactured in different countries where malware is sometimes embedded during the process.”

Despite his concerns, Dyer is confident about the future of the industry and his business.

“This is our passion,” he said. “The threat of ransomware isn’t going away, and neither is our desire to fight against it.”

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About South Florida Business Journal 

The South Florida Business Journal is the leading business news outlet covering Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The company’s mission is to provide business intelligence online and in print to help subscribers grow their business, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives. SFBJ is one of 42 business publications owned by American City Business Journals. www.https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/