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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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!

Ransomware And How to Avoid It

5 Tips to Help Mitigate the Risk of a Ransomware Attack

Avoid a ransomware attack by educating yourself and protecting your business. Knowledge is power, so be in the know and check out these 5 helpful tips from CREG Systems!

What is ransomware? This Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency report defines it as “a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid.” In addition, CISA warns us that ransomware usually spreads through phishing emails or by accidentally visiting an infected website.

Don’t become the next victim of a ransomware attack! Here are our quick tips to help protect your data:

1. Get the right protection software.

Mitigate the risk of being attacked by ransomware by protecting your data with the most up-to-date security software. For example, make sure you are secured through NEXTGEN firewalls, use sandboxing for extra protection, and insure you’ve got protection at gate and edge router level. Ask us about our network security services to learn more.

2. Check your hardware.

Malfunctioning, unpatched or outdated hardware can greatly increase your risk of a ransomware attack. Most importantly, get your hardware regularly assessed and updated. In addition, check for any vulnerabilities that may allow malware to seep through into your network. To do that, we at CREG Systems provide assessments to help you keep your hardware in top shape.

3. Multi-level protection is key.

From desktop level to firewall level, each device in your organization should have segmented and multi-layered protection. That will insure that ransomware can be stopped before it gets to your data. Email us, and we will help you minimize the risk by combining software and hardware protection tools, elements of AI and machine learning

4. Practice good cyber habits.

Backup, backup, backup. Never keep your backups online, keep your systems updated, whitelist good apps to keep the bad ones out, limit access privileges, and use two-factor authentication. In short, prevention is better than cure!

5. Know who to contact in worst case scenario.

In case of a ransomware attack, never pay the ransom and always ask for help! Firstly, Contact CISA and notify your local FBI field office. Secondly, give us a call. CREG Systems is a trusted experienced advisor. We are here for you, should you need assistance in recovery from a cyber attack. Contact us to learn more!

CREG Systems seeks to educate its customers about the telecom industry and the services we offer. We do so by giving you tools and information to help you learn more to empower and protect your business. Located in Watertown, NY, we serve our Northern New York customers in many areas of IT and telecommunications, including cyber security. Click the “Contact Us” button above to get in touch!