The social distancing requirements is driving many businesses to encourage remote work. Recently, a CNBC panel survey revealed that over half their staff now operate remotely, accounting for 85 percent. However, there is evidence that remote work provides cybercriminals with new and unique opportunities. How can you boost Cybersecurity in your Business when most of the work is done through small activities?
Hackers are using the coronavirus epidemic to infiltrate into vulnerable machines and leverage the ignorance for stealing critical business data. The number of phishing scams and other attacks has risen as hackers often use fear of employees in unusual circumstances today. However, the CNBC report, as mentioned, showed a rise in cyber threats to more than a third of the executives surveyed are related to the increase in remote work. Therefore, scaling up while doing the remote work will require businesses to emphasize on Cybersecurity.
Typical risks posed by remote working
It is quite simple to understand the reason behind risk involved in remote operations – when an employee accesses data from a remote location, the employer loses a certain degree of security control. Such loss of control is even more significant when the employee uses a personal device. Below are some of the risk factors involved.
Remote employees usually use secure and unsecured, cable-based or wireless networks or private or public networks to access corporate resources. It provides hackers with multiple entry possibilities or the ability to snoop.
Remotely used physically protected devices are real challenges because lost devices – whether owned by employees or businesses – pose data loss and privacy risks. It is simple for a system or mobile to get stolen or misplaced when worker transit or work from a place other than home.
Blending personal and Business use:
There is a significant risk that personal use of apps and other tools would open the door for the criminal to access company resources, mainly when workers use their devices for work. Companies have restricted ownership of software and utilities running on a personal computer adjacent to client devices.
Hackers are aware of the remote worker and can secretly exploit workers outside the typical workplace environment. Solitary work can also allow workers to bypass the best practice in traditional Cybersecurity, which is difficult to test and verify with a nearby colleague.
Simply put, remote operation presents a range of safety risks. Although businesses act rapidly to increase remote work, they should also consider how to strengthen the cyber protection for remote employees.
Emphasizing the endpoint security
It is a difficult task to balance the locking of the device and security measures against practical device use. But companies still need to focus on the safety of the methods used by remote employees. An essential first step includes hiring the CloudShore team who can ensure endpoint device security. Such security would mean installing the right package of anti-virus software, protection against Phishing Scams, providing a constant watch on collective systems, and so on.
Businesses should consider increasing the security principles of everyday touchpoints. Here’s where the offshore security team can help with regular updates and keeping track of all devices used by remote personnel. Device encryption provides a further security layer – especially where devices are in danger of loss or robbery.
Guidance against phishing
Employees under pressure and operating in different situations are vulnerable to phishing attempts, so now is the time to step up systematic workplace guidance. Your personnel is supposed to know the drill – not browsing in unsafe portals, disabling downloadable attachments from unknown sources, etc.
Some of the employees may easily overlook these steps. Therefore, reinforcing this message is so necessary. Also, worth pushing a “trust but verify” approach – if workers see any legitimate yet suspicious messages, they will check in with their colleagues.
Bottomline – Ensuring the secure remote working experience
Many businesses were straight up against allowing employees to work remotely. But, the current situation due to COVID-19 has left little option for transactions but to let employees work remotely.
As your business IT partner, we describe potential risks to you, especially when the length of remote operations is unexpected. Our CloudShore team can also help you plan out your secure small working experience without hampering productivity. Ultimately, the businesses taking the right measures to reduce remote work risks will keep remote workers as successful as they used to be – without any over-sized cybersecurity danger.
Get started with strategizing a more unrefined, efficient, and seamless working experience within your organization. Our team will help you deal with threats and ensure your company’s productivity over the distance of your work.
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