With headlines repeating the warnings about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential effects, companies need guidance on how best to address the situation with regards to their employees.
Risk management is our business – providing insurance solutions and risk management guidelines to help businesses succeed.
As we’re seeing in the headlines, coronavirus is affecting many aspects of our lives – not just our health.
We’ve put together this handy guide to help your business plan for the various impacts coronavirus could bring.
The ability to plan and adapt in the event of an outbreak of a disease such as coronavirus or similar crisis event can ensure you reduce the impact on your business to a minimum. Understanding the risks, discussing and making contingency plans, communicating with your staff and keeping up to date with developments from reputable sources is the best form of defence.
What we’re doing
We set out to help others with risk management solutions – so here’s an outline of what’s happening at FOCUS in the current climate.
We’re restricting unnecessary travel, avoiding face to face meetings and putting in place contingency plans, where possible, for staff to work from home. We’ve also postponed an event that would have brought people together as part of our risk management due diligence.
This infographic gives an overview of symptoms and what you can do.
Be Cyber Aware
To make matters more difficult in what is already a testing time, reports are coming in that cybercriminals are using concerns about the coronavirus to launch phishing attacks.
While COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is capturing attention around the world, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the public’s desire to learn more about the outbreak. There are reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect devices with malware, and ads that peddle false information or scam products.
What Should You Do?
- If you are looking for information on the coronavirus, visit known reputable websites as referred to above.
- Be on the lookout for phishing emails, which may appear to come from a trusted source. Remember, you can look at the sender’s details – specifically the part of the email address after the ‘@’ symbol – in the ‘From’ line to see if it looks legitimate.
- Although social media companies like Facebook are cracking down on ads spreading coronavirus conspiracies and fake cures, some ads may make it past their review process. Remember, it’s best to seek information on the disease from official sources like those mentioned above.
- Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date – and your cyber-risk protocols are being followed by all staff.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your insurance cover and coronavirus, please do not hesitate to get in touch.