Protection from Cyber Attacks during COVID-19: Tips for Work from Home Staff

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Cyber security is constantly compromised, with a large number of organizations adopting the work-from-home policy in response to the dangerous COVID-19 pandemic. The criminals out there are exploiting coronavirus to target the well-established entrepreneurs as well as the small start-up owners. If you do wish to protect yourself, please go through the rest of the discussion right away. Like the majority of the population, you work from home to keep the wide range of challenges imposed by coronavirus at bay, or in other words, stop it from spreading further. But, have you thought about the problems such an arrangement brings along? How would you maintain concentration? How would you be diligent with no appropriate space and resources? While you may cut slack for a few, security must never be one of them.


WHAT ARE THE ONLINE CROOKS DOING?
The online crooks manage to attack by taking advantage of the human thirst for relevant information. Like in the case of high-profile events, they are using coronavirus themed fake emails that claim to contain facts on the pandemic. In actuality, however, they are a means to compel the people to click on fraudulent links that will download the RAT (Remote Administration Tools) on their laptop, desktop, or smartphone. The attackers have been successful because the people working from home failed to apply the kind of security the corporate sector has on their home networks. Many organizations have also not implemented the technologies to assure protection to all corporate-owned and corporate-handled devices, no matter if they are connected to a secure network or an open one.

 

HOW MUST THE BUSINESSES RESPOND?
In critical times, the business owners have a huge responsibility to set definite expectations about how aim to enhance security in the brand-new work sets by leveraging new strategies and empowering the employees. The three most helpful tips are as follows:

  • Detect the Threats
    The business leaders must hire highly competent security teams to detect the potential attack vectors. They must take steps to protect the employee data and apps relevant to their company. Offer Clear Guidance, and Foster Communication-They must specify steps following which an employee can secure his or her work-from-home environment. The employees must communicate with the in-house security team and inform them of suspicious activities (if any).

  • Offer Proper Security Capacities
    The business leaders must see that the devices offered to the employees have proper security capacities. For instance, it must securely connect to the business apps and cloud while teleconferencing. Some more include:
  1.  Capability to enforce the multifactor authentication.
  2. Capability to stop the malware and exploits with automated and real-time intelligence.
  3. Capability to filter the malicious URLs.


HOW MUST THE INDIVIDUALS RESPOND?
The individual users need to adhere to the instructions laid down by their respective companies and undertake preventive measures. Major ones among the lot include:

  • Set a Strong Password
    The employees must set complex passwords that are hard to guess and multi-factor authentication. They must also change the passwords now and then.
  • Upgrade Software and Systems
    The employees must install the updates even on mobiles and other non-corporate devicesthat they are planning on using for work.
  • Secure Wi-Fi
    To alleviate the impact of an attack on the work, the individuals must immediately change all default passwords and settings.
  • Invest in VPN
    VPN or virtual private networks are known for fabricating a reliable connection between the employees and the companies. Corporate VPNs are capable of preventing malware attacks and phishing. Be Aware of the Coronavirus Scams. Most entrepreneurs have come across fake applications, phishing emails, and malicious domains. The cybercriminals love exploiting world tragedies like the COVID-19.
  • Do Not Mix Personal and Professional Responsibilities
    The employees must never use the devices offered by their company to carry out personal tasks. Implementing the steps stated above at an individual and enterprise level will surely address the security risks associated with the work-from-home environments. You must realize the threats are not stagnant, and closely observe if any of them are on their way towards an evolution. Not doing so would pave the way for unnecessary disruptions and additional costs in a time of disaster.

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