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Protecting businesses against cyber threats during COVID-19 and

  • No matter the size of your business, IT teams are facing increased pressure to navigate the challenges of COVID-19. At the same time, some things remain constant: Security is at the top of the priority list, and phishing is still one of the most effective methods that attackers use to compromise accounts and gain access to company data and resources. In fact, bad actors are creating new attacks and scams every day that attempt to take advantage of the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. 

    It’s our job to constantly stay ahead of these threats to help you protect your organization. In February, we talked about a new generation of document malware scanners that rely on deep learning to improve our detection capabilities across over 300 billion attachments we scan for malware every week. These capabilities help us maintain a high rate of detection even though 63% of the malicious docs blocked by Gmail are different from day to day. 

    To further help you defend against these attacks, today we’re highlighting some examples of COVID-19-related phishing and malware threats we’re blocking in Gmail, sharing steps for admins to effectively deal with them, and detailing best practices for users to avoid threats.