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Why Remote Working Requires Additional Security Measures
April 15, 2020 Blog

 

In most parts of the world, employees now have to work remotely following various lockdown and social distancing regulations enforced by governments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless you’re running an essential business or in the healthcare industry, you’re going to have your employees working outside the office for the unforeseeable future. For some, it’s just a couple of weeks, but in some countries, it can go up to months.

Companies are trying their best keep operations running even though employees are not physically in offices. Business continuity plans have been activated, devices have been patched, and employees are advised to adhere to regular working hours at home. But what if you have an organisation that only uses desktops and have a limited number of laptops that you can source out to your employees? Do you force them to carry back their office desktops (which some companies have surprisingly) or do you just let them have time off?

Most likely, you want to keep your productivity going. You’ll allow your employees to use their own devices to work at home. This is where problems can arise. No matter how secure your on-prem cybersecurity protection may be, it is a totally different ball game when it comes to remote working, where devices lie outside the direct purview of your IT and security teams.

Personal devices are not company devices. It isn’t uncommon for employees not to have even a basic anti-virus software on their devices. Also, some of these devices could have already been infected with malware without the knowledge of the user.

With COVID-19 being a trending topic, many would be accessing news, websites and emails due to curiosity on the virus and also other information. According to a report by Barracuda Researchers, phishing attacks using COVID-19 related themes have increased dramatically over the last few weeks with many falling victims to such phishing scams.

The report also stated that skilled attackers are leveraging people’s emotions to elicit a response to their phishing attempts. It seems that cybercriminals are making the most of the pandemic and are targeting employees working remotely.

In addition, home users may not be accessing company data – be it on-premises or on the cloud – with secure connections. This can also lead to unwanted problems such as data breaches or malware infections.

In order to prevent such problems, there are tools, such as the ones offered by Barracuda, that allow businesses to have better visibility and securely manage their employees working remotely.

To find out more about such tools and additional security measures that you can put in place to protect your organisation, join us as we host a series of webinars with experts from Barracuda Networks. For our first webinar, Barracuda’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, Michael Goldgof, will be speaking about “Building a Cyber Security Safety Net For Your Remote Employees”. Be sure not to miss it.

Register here to join the webinar.

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