Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more businesses have started working remotely. However, with the rise of remote work, the number of security issues has also increased. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance that businesses understand how working from home can affect their business’ cybersecurity.
For that reason, to help you understand what makes remote cybersecurity different and the security issues organizations face, the number one SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) and competency management company in Australia – SkillsTx – has come up with the following list of top security issues with working remotely:
- Phishing Scams
Data show that more than three-quarters of cyberattacks reported by businesses are actually phishing scams. This is probably the easiest way hackers can get access to PPI (personal identifying information) which can then be used to steal valuable business data or gain access to bank accounts.
Furthermore, although employees are at risk of phishing attacks when working in the office, when working from home the chances of falling prey to such scams increases significantly. The truth is that hackers usually pose as colleagues, upper management, or clients, and when working in-person colleagues communicate more frequently and can easily identify phishing emails.
- Unsecured Endpoint Devices
An endpoint is a device that is physically an end point on a network. So, any device from laptops, tablets, mobile phones, routers, and virtual environments are considered endpoints. They are also the places where hackers get access to your network. Hence, organizations must ensure that endpoint devices have the latest software, patches, and vulnerability scanners.
But, this only applies when working from the office. The responsibility for managing hardware and software requirements falls on the employees when working from home. Unfortunately, many employees don’t have the needed SFIA professional skills to successfully protect themselves from cyberattacks. To close the skills gap, you may contact SkillsTx to have your employees done a SFIA test and identify further training requirements.
- Network Security
Last but not least, the final security issue with working remotely is network security. In other words, the cybersecurity measures (such as cloud computing, segmentation, proactive cybersecurity tactics, etc.) taken in order to protect the entire computer network of a company or organization.
However, even though a company has already protected its network with these cybersecurity strategies when having employees working from home they aren’t of much use. For that reason, you have to reconsider and change the strategies you use to protect your network. Unfortunately, when making changes to your cybersecurity tactics, you increase the vulnerability of the network and may face unforeseen problems.
The bottom line, when reconsidering current cybersecurity strategies and applying new ones, careful and detailed planning, execution, and monitoring are needed. To ensure you secure your business with up-to-date hardware and software, contact the leading SFIA and competency management company – SkillsTx.