COVID19 Makes The Remote Workforce More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

COVID19 has affected every business across the globe. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent in April 2020. Find the report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics here.

The rise in unemployment is primarily due to many industries having to cease operations altogether. However, some were a bit luckier. Able businesses shifted to an entirely remote workforce. This transition happened very quickly and disrupted many standard business procedures. The intentional shift to a remote workforce was temporary and not expected to last long. However, we may see a remote workforce become the new normal.

Working remote was an option long before the emergence of COVID19. As a result of improved technology, the mobility of the workforce has increased. With the majority of businesses now having to follow suit due to COVID19, the question arises- Is a remote workforce a security threat to business? The short answer is, it does not have to be. 

Easy Targets

Remote workers are a natural access point for potential attackers. Many remote workers work on multiple devices. The numerous devices used could be a combination of company-provided devices and also personal ones. Shared devices usually consist of weak networks and insecure passwords. Many do not even employ a basic VPN, in turn leaving their whole system vulnerable. Therefore, their devices are not as secure as devices found in corporate offices.

Increased Risks Due to COVID19

In today’s world, the threat landscape is becoming more deceptive. In 2019 alone, there were over 9.9 billion malware attacks. Here are some other risks to be concerned about:

  • Phishing
  • Social Engineering
  • Ransomware
  • Zero-Day Attack

During a major crisis, the amount of cyber-attacks generally surges. Consequently, that is what is happening during COVID19. The attacks taken advantage of in times like these are usually social engineering and phishing. For instance, attackers will send emails with COVID19 headlines or offering “free” services that one may need in a time like this. People often fall for these deceptive headlines and become victims of a cyber attack. It is essential to educate the workforce on how to recognize these attack attempts.

Take Advantage of Cybersecurity

Giving workers the necessary access to security and operational tools will ensure that all proprietary information is secured. Using a secure gateway is an efficient way to protect all correspondence between workers, whether it is voice or web-based. 

Download our PDF for more information on secure gateways and what they can do for your workforce.

Remote employees make up the most significant percentage of the workforce today. As a result, the way the world conducts its business is about to see a paradigm shift. Companies cannot expect the remote workforce to bear the entire weight of ensuring the security of their networks. In conclusion, it is a business’s responsibility to protect its more susceptible employees. In doing so, the company itself becomes more secure.

Check out what CREG Systems can do for you in terms of cybersecurity!

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Coronavirus: What Business Leaders Need to Know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus.

  • Actively Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home
  • Emphasize Respiratory Etiquette and Hand Hygiene
  • Perform Routine Environmental Cleaning
  • Explore Options for Teleworking and Flexible Worksites
  • Establish a Process for Workplace Communication and Info-Sharing
  • Plan for Absenteeism and Supply Chain Interruptions

For detailed information please click the button below to view the full report.
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How Can We Help?

CREG Systems provides a wide array of unified communication options for businesses to stay in touch with customers and employees, no matter where they may be located.

We can ensure you have the information technology and infrastructure needed to support multiple employees working remotely.

Cybercriminals are utilizing Coronavirus related links and documents to spread malicious files and ransomware to companies trying to educate themselves on the virus. CREG Systems works with leaders in the cybersecurity and firewall protection industry to boost your network’s defenses, mitigating your risks of malware and ransomware.

Contact us today to learn more!


2020 SONICWALL CYBER THREAT REPORT: THREAT ACTORS PIVOT TOWARD MORE TARGETED ATTACKS, EVASIVE EXPLOITS

SonicWall, a leader in the security platform category has published its 2020 Cyber Threat Report delivering critical threat intelligence to help organizations better understand how cybercriminals think.

Highlights include:

  • Malware, ransomware attack volume down 6% and 9%, due to more targeted attacks
  • Connected-device dependence leads to 5% increase in IoT attacks, over 34 million exposed
  • Over 40 million web app attacks detected, 52% year-over-year increase
  • Encrypted threats up 27%, almost 4 million identified

Click here to download the full report

#CREGSystems is proud to partner with SonicWall to bring you the latest in #CyberSecurity and #Firewall Options.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you mitigate your risks of malware and ransomware attacks!


Windows 7 / Server 2008 End of Life – Know the Risks and Your Options

According to the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon, one in three breaches caused globally is due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2 operating systems are no longer receiving free security updates or support from Microsoft. What does this mean? What are the risks of running end of life software?

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Here are just a few of the many risks to be concerned about:

  • Security Vulnerabilities – No more security fixes mean your OS is a minefield of security hazards. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatched vulnerabilities.
  • Software Incompatibility – Software vendors stop guaranteeing compatibility with legacy OS.
  • Compliance issues – Regulated industries such as banks and healthcare deal with sensitive data protected by law; a security lapse could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or jail time.
  • High Operating Costs – Fixing bugs and maintaining End of Life software can out way cost of upgrading.
  • Poor Performance & Reliability – End of Life and out-of-warranty devices are prone to break down and could drive up the cost of downtime.

In summary, End of Life software poses a huge risk to an organization. It can end up costing your business a considerable amount of money and lost productivity. Take action now to start upgrading before it’s too late!