When it comes to cybersecurity, the only weak link is considered to be humans. There are two types of common attacks that result in the form of a dramatic turnaround for the companies around they are
1. Logical engineering cyber-attack where the systems are not configured properly as per the latest security needs
2. Social engineering where the individual lacks the skills and makes a mistake giving welcome to cybercriminals
Because of this, cybersecurity criminals are entertained, and post-Covid, this has certainly seen a major boost. Because of Covid-19 outbursts, many organizations have invested in the online platform without taking proper care of their cybersecurity aspects. This has given rise to cases of attack even more.
With remote working becoming a new normal, focus on cybersecurity and data breach protection needs to be focused more than anything else. Or else, the problems can start brewing in no time.
Security Challenges Post Covid
Businesses nowadays are providing very secure VPN access to their employees. As the employees at home are using mobile hotspots or broadband networks or shared wireless networks, the security is just not up to the mark. Take a look at the below mentioned security-related challenges that you might be facing while working from home:
- When it comes to wireless routers, it is basically shared with the neighbors or the other family members. So, the data traffic is certainly not under control that includes different aspects like email address and various academic needs.
- The employees that are under the age group of 23 to 29 in cities are basically sharing their residence and their expenses of living. They are basically working with their flatmates, and the laptop protection becomes a lot weaker because of this. You never know who can make use of the data available on your laptop.
- If a corporate user is working with the use of a home network, it can get access to unfiltered Internet, drives, and personal email addresses. This means there is no IT security team taking a good look at the sites you are using that can make you an easy target for cyberattackers.
- While being at home, you never know when you might click on links that are malicious and might result in the form of a data breach, and it can cost you significantly. This is certainly one of the biggest challenges as not many know which site or link can get the data affected and hurt the business significantly.
- If the employee gets redirected to a malicious site, then the laptop might get loaded with malicious codes. This can hurt not only your laptop but also the attacker can get corporate credentials without any hassle. So, the entire organization’s security is compromised because of it.
- Another major issue that you might be facing is the risk of IP leakages and theft. The work from home users who are working in the domain of research and development might face this issue a lot more.
This shows the danger that lies for organizations around the world post-Covid. In fact, there are many more additions to the above-given list. More than 10 COVID-19 phishing themes are also active to hunt the work-from-home users. So, things are at huge risk, and it needs to be guarded quite efficiently.
How To Guard Against Cyber Attacks While Employees Working From Home?
Organizations need to work on a strategy that can assist them to remain guarded against the above-mentioned challenges. If you are thinking how then below mentioned are a few of the tips:
- 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 a few of the steps that an IT team must bring into contention to ensure that the post-COVID era goes safely without any damage to the business in terms of security.
This shows how cybersecurity issues have impacted businesses severely and in different ways. But, still, some ways can assist you to run your process smoothly if implied. So, you need to follow the pointers mentioned above and get the best results to follow for the long run.
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.