These are some of the steps an IT team needs to take to ensure that the post-COVID era is safe without harming the business in terms of security. Let's take a look at the below advice.
When it comes to cybersecurity, the only "weak link" is the human being. The weakest link in the chain of safety is human.
- Logical engineering cyber-attack where the systems are not configured properly as per the latest security needs.
- Social engineering where the individual lacks the skills and makes a mistake giving welcome to cybercriminals.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, many organisations have invested heavily in online platforms without adequately addressing their cybersecurity concerns. This has led to cases of attacks. Cyber-security criminals, who were already entertaining after COVID, have experienced a huge boom.
As remote work becomes the new normal, the focus needs to be placed more than ever on cybersecurity and data protection. A problem has been brewing for some time.
Security Challenges Post Covid
Companies should provide their employees with secure VPN access. Workers in the 23-29 age group in cities share their residence and the cost of living. When it comes to wireless routers, they are shared with neighbors and other family members. Data traffic is not controlled, including various aspects such as email addresses and various academic needs. Employees at home use mobile hotspots, broadband and share wireless networks, but security is not state-of-the-art.
If they work from the laptop of their roommates, the protection is much weaker. You never know who is using the data that is available on the laptop. At home, you never know if you're clicking on a link that could be malicious and lead to some form of data breach, and that could cost you dearly. This means that it is up to the security team to take a good look at the websites you are using, which could make you an easy target for cyber attackers. When business users work and use home networks, they have access to unfiltered Internet drives and personal email addresses.
Another major problem you face is the risk of IP leaks and theft. An employee is redirected to a malicious page and the laptop loads malicious code. This not only harms the laptop, but also the credentials and annoyance of the attackers. One of the biggest challenges is that there are not many well-known websites and links where data can be affected, which damages the business. Their safety may also be compromised.
These are all huge risks that must be avoided. In fact, there is much more to it than the above. This shows the dangers facing organisations in the post-COVID world. Home users and those working in areas such as research and development will have to confront these problems much more strongly. More than 10% of COVID-19 phishing themes are active and on the hunt for them.
How To Guard Against Cyber Attacks While Employees Working From Home?
It is important for organizations to work on a strategy that can help them protect themselves from the above-mentioned challenges.
- Focusing on detection technology
- Assessing user behavior technology
- Adopting teleworker policies
- Getting the passwords changed
- Getting the employees trained on different security aspects
- Processing data back-up regularly
- And more
These are some of the steps an IT team needs to take to ensure that the post-COVID era is safe without harming the business in terms of security.
So you need to follow the above indications and get the best results over the long term. As shown above, cybersecurity issues have different impacts on businesses. Here are some ways to help you execute your processes, as indicated above.
Guest post - Article by Neha Singh
Neha Singh is the Founder & CEO of Securium Solutions with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in ECSA, Vulnerability Management, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Management, and Business Development. She loves traveling and tracking.