Remote work has cyber risks

IslandNet published an online article on June 19, 2020, about Security failures that can occur from remote work.

With the emergence of the COVID-19 virus and countries going into lockdown, the virtual space became the place to conduct and provide services. Remote working now became the new normal all over the world.

Key points:

  • Of the world workforce, about 40% are now working from home, which now raised to the concern of a cyber-attack.
  • The only way to 100% guarantee that an attack cannot occur is to completely disconnect for the virtual space.
  • Whether employees are using company devices or their own, users are susceptible to malicious attacks.
  • The best option is to provide awareness to users and ensuring measures are in place to protect data.
  • Protection is extended to remote workers through multiple authentication methods of access for Virtual Private Network connectivity, screening and monitoring company VPN traffic, and having proper anti-malware software installed.
  • Without these systems in place, users are vulnerable to phishing attacks for personal data, or spyware installed for spying on user’s activity.

 

Reference: islandnetjm.com


Contributed by Kyle Sterling from Jamaica. Kyle is a member of our Caribbean Cyber Support Team (CCST) initiative on Discord. CCST is a collaborative group on the Discord platform for Caribbean people interested in IT, from beginners to experts.

If you’re from the Caribbean, learn more and join the group by visiting caribbeancst.org.

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