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Remote Workers, You are Not Secure. Beware of These Risks

Remote work has become a common practice across the globe. The rollout of a remote workforce in the wake of COVID-19 has challenged even the most prepared organizations. One of the biggest challenges is increased cyberattacks targeting the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. In this article at Forbes, Carrie Rubinstein points out the cybersecurity risks the remote workers must be aware of and explains how employees can eliminate security gaps.

Major Cybersecurity Risks of Working from Home

Hackers can Manipulate VPNs

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a lifeline for many businesses. However, malware or compromised hardware has infected many home networks. Vulnerabilities for VPNs require real understanding. Organizations must contact their hardware and software providers to ensure configurations and policies are in place – starting from VPN to endpoint and identity solutions.

Phishing Attacks

Phishing scams are the top cause of data breaches. “Hackers can easily send seemingly legitimate, deceptive emails with malicious links and attachments,” says Carrie. Once an employee clicks on the malicious URL, a hacker will gain access to an employer’s device and the organization’s confidential information.

Weak Passwords

Remote work undoubtedly brings a new set of challenges and risks. Another security vulnerability is weak passwords. Simple and insecure passwords are incredibly easy for hackers to crack. If employees use these passwords across multiple platforms, it allows hackers to gain unauthorized access to various accounts in a very short span.

How to Control Cyber Risks?

Home office cybersecurity: Uninformed users can make catastrophic mistakes. Therefore, information security professionals must ensure employees comply with work from home security policies.

Secure collaboration and staying compliant: IT teams must ensure that all employees across the organization have the same tools and services available to them that they would have if they were in the office.

Clearly define which positions are eligible for remote work: Everyone should be aware of which job functions are allowed to work remotely and which are not due to security reasons.

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