Should Working From Home Spark Concerns of Threats to Your Cyber Security?
By Data Installations & Supplies ltd
The ‘new normal’ has made us put our defenses up more often. Protecting yourself and your loved ones has become your priority, however if you let your guard down, you may become a target for online attacks. With a lot of us all working from home, everything about our day to day life has been turned on its head and stripped back. Your office most likely is better equipped than your home to keep your online activities safe.
What’s Actually Going On?
The BBC had reported the rise of Cyber crimes in a recent article. In the post, one man, who works for a global financial services company, claims to notice around 10 separate attacks in a week and are constantly bombarded from all directions. From fake emails pretending to be the company’s admin team requesting password changes, to false WhatsApp messages from people posing as the CEO asking for money transfers. These can all look incredibly convincing and will trick many people, so you need to be aware of how to spot the frauds and protect yourself from these scams.
Am I at Risk?
According to the aforementioned article, one in three workers are having to work remotely. I.T services all around the country have found themselves neck deep in issues based around cyber attacks, so a breach to your cyber security is likely.
Legal firm Hayes Connor Solicitors have taken a survey with alarming results. Only one in five of households have received information or training on cyber security. This shows that companies are either unaware of the threats they are facing or are not taking them seriously. They said: “In the rush and panic to set remote working practices up, even simple data protection practices were ignored,”
The article also mentions a separate study regarding 57% of IT decision makers believing that remote workers will expose their company to cyber risks. This is assumed to be largely at fault by the lack of information within the workplace.
Cyber threats can be very impactful to small and large businesses alike. They become more and more advanced and intricate as time passes, so instating awareness and education on the matter is wise for any employer.
How Can I Protect Myself Against Security Threats?
These threats can come in a lot of different forms. The first thing you should do is educate yourself and staff on typical security threats. Working from home can cause a disconnect from members of staff and those gaps is where cyber criminals slip in and attack. Knowing what to look out for will be vital as the first line of defense.
Other common recommendations against this branch of crime are VPNs. A VPN works as a tunnel transporting you from site to site. When surfing the web without a VPN, you will run the risk of having many different attacks following you around the internet and absorbing your data. VPNs will hide you from all this activity and keep you and your company safe from these modern attacks.
Additionally, there are other options to consider implementing as company wide security, such as hybrid cloud solutions and Security-as-a-Service (SaaS). Both can greatly boost the security provisions for businesses, whether working remotely or on site.
Life is sometimes more difficult now, and we have to be more cautious than ever, with cyber criminals capitalizing on people’s vulnerability whilst working from home. Being aware of how these attacks can occur will be vital to ensure there is no compromise to your company. It’s important to consider securing you and your business with the latest software and protection to protect from potential threats. Working from home can be hard at the best of times, so don’t let cyber criminals make your life any harder.
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