Is Working From Home cyber secure?
- Employees working from home open up a host of new entry points to your business for cyber criminals.
- Hackers target personal devices: some cybercrimes have increased 800% since the start of the pandemic.
- Businesses need a cyber security system that monitors and immediately detects an attack on all devices in any location.
The days of 9-to-5 are over. Driving to the office, using a workplace desktop computer for 8 hours, then going home and leaving work behind — that’s a thing of the past. The coronavirus pandemic has seen to that. But is working from home secure?
With stay-at-home orders, quarantines, social distancing and other health and safety issues, work-from-home has become the new normal. This new hybrid business model—data being accessed by employees both in the office and remotely—has opened up a world of new opportunities for hackers, and a world of new cyber threats for businesses. Is your company addressing cyber security in the hybrid workforce?
Using personal devices to access and even store sensitive company data outside the office means that your business’ cyber attack entry points have grown exponentially. And so has hacker activity. Certain cybercrimes increased by 800% a few months into the pandemic, according to some reports.
“Cybercriminals are developing and boosting their attacks at an alarming pace, exploiting the fear and uncertainty caused by the unstable social and economic situation created by COVID-19,” says INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
Home Is Where The Hackers Are
While working from home, fears about the pandemic—or any other life stressors—are much more top of mind. Hackers know this, and often use a technique such as sending phishing emails posing as government or health officials, perhaps offering Covid-19 stimulus aid or vaccine information, in order to steal victims’ personal data. Once this information is in the bad actor’s hands, they can also use it to access their business networks.
“When people work at your company location and within the confines of your business network environment, you know you can control the security on it. But when people work at home, they work in their own networks—networks you can’t control,” says Ron Neve-Bar, Founder and CEO of CyberGood Security. “At home the set-up may be unsecured, or there may be others on that personal network who are not part of the organization—Now they may have access to the company’s data.”
Smartphones are prime targets for hackers nowadays. Vulnerable apps and downloaded malware are just a couple of the ways a mobile device can be compromised. If an employee uses their personal phone to access company data, and that phone has suffered a cyber attack, it’s open season on not only the stored data, but possibly even credentials to access the business network.
So what can a company do to ensure cyber security within its hybrid workforce?
How to Protect Your Data When Working from Home
The dramatic shift in the cyber threat landscape means that businesses, large and small, need to install a cyber security system that immediately detects and reacts to an intrusion on all devices. One such service is HackSweep by CyberGood Security. HackSweep monitors and protects not only the office environment, but the remote one as well.
“No matter where an employee is geographically, at home or at the office,” says Neve-Bar, “our HackSweep sensors are located on each device – Windows, Linux, MacOS, Chrome – so you’re covered everywhere.”
Get in touch with CyberGood today and learn how to secure all of your business’ points of entry – Wherever they may be!