While the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been dominating the world news lately, what you may not have heard is how it is causing increased cyber security concerns. This is largely due to the massive shift of so many employees having to now work from home.
Because so many employees are now using their personal devices like laptops and phones to work from home because of the virus threat, the risk of security breaches has increased significantly. These breaches may cause data loss, privacy violation or hold systems ransom.
If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus and now has employees working from home, there are some necessary steps that should be taken. These can help protect your employee’s personal devices from being attacked by cyber criminals, which is more likely when working on a network that is not controlled by your organization.
The first step in helping avoid security concerns is making sure that all your employees have received up-to-date training regarding how to identify phishing and other scams, along with what to look out for in suspicious emails.
There have already been phishing campaigns launched that are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak and peoples growing fear. In one recent campaign, threat actors sent emails impersonating the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention that was warning about new infections and that if users wanted to see what neighborhoods in their region had new reported cases, to click a link.
Another reported campaign was advising users to open an email attachment that contained the latest safety measures in regard to the virus.
What these recent attacks show is that cyber criminals are continually evolving and quite resourceful. Be sure to remind all your employees to:
If possible, get all employees to have a VPN solution on their laptop or phone to create an encrypted network connection. This will make it safer for employees to access sensitive resources.
Whenever possible, encourage your employees to only use their work devices and not personal computers or phones. This is because your corporate devices already have security software installed whereas a personal computer may not.
While your organization may not have been prepared for shifting so rapidly to a work-from-home environment, it is important that you get complete endpoint protection for your business as soon as possible. At MBC, we can provide leading endpoint protection solutions that will secure any work-from-home devices used to connect to your enterprise network. To learn more about how we can help keep your business secure, get a free assessment today.