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Roundup: ‘Minis for Medics,’ Covid-19 phishing scam, 80 new jobs in Clearwater

Margie Manning



Today’s roundup has updates from local businesses (swah-rey), KnowBe4, Ensurem, and Knack.

St. Petersburg dessert shop (swah-rey) is launching a campaign aimed at sweetening the day of each medical worker and first responder in the area. The Minis for Medics campaign will allow customers to order a 36-count box of bite-sized mini cupcakes to be delivered to hospitals, care facilities, firehouses and police stations in the area.

Beginning Tuesday, the boxes can be purchased online for $70. In addition the cupcakes the box will include a note to the medics with the the purchaser’s name, and delivery to local hospitals and first responder locations. Deliveries kick off Wednesday at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg.

KnowBe4 has discovered a new type of phishing scam warning people that they’ve come into contact with a friend, colleague or family member who has been infected with the coronavirus. The email instructs them to download a malicious attachment and proceed immediately to the hospital.

“This is a new type of malware that we’re seeing, as it was reported for the first time just a few days ago,” said Eric Howes, principal lab researcher at the Clearwater cybersecurity training firm. “For the bad guys, this is a target-rich environment that prays on end users’ fears and heightened emotions during this pandemic. Employees need to be extra cautious when it comes to any emails related to COVID-19, and they need to be trained and educated to expect them, accurately identify them and handle them safely.”

Ensurem, an insurance technology and product distribution company in Clearwater, plans to hire 80 call center insurance agents as part of its Covid-19 business disaster plan. The company currently has more than 100 employees now operating as a remote-based workforce, it said in a news release. It plans a partial virtual onboarding strategy for new workers, adhering to social distancing guidelines. For more information click here.

Knack, a Tampa edtech company that connects college students with tutors and mentors, got a shoutout in a March 27 online report on the Forbes website. Knack is working with its campus partners as they move to online classes during the pandemic, as the St. Pete Catalyst previously reported. “As new technologies are adopted to deal with current issues, we may find ways to make services more accessible, systems more streamlined, and processes more efficient, pursuant to providing a student-centered cultured,” Forbes contributor Troy Markowitz wrote.

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