Protect your business from the dangers of hacking when working remotely
Mark Brown, Founder of Psybersafe, Explores The Dangers Of Hacking When Working From Home And Offers Some Tips On How To Protect Your Business
Over the past year and a half, more businesses than ever have had to adapt to working from home. This is likely to continue to some extent as life begins to return to normal, but it can increase the risk of your business being hacked. With cyber attacks posing an increasing risk for organizations of all sizes, Mark Brown, founder of Psybersafe, says companies should pay more attention to training their employees to detect and avoid potential scams.
About 90% of successful cyber attacks are due to human error. The pandemic hasn’t helped: Hackers are quickly spotting a new gap in the market, so it’s no surprise that Covid-related phishing attacks have increased by 600%. Indeed, in April 2020 at the start of the pandemic, Google intercepted 18 million emails a day trying to scam people on this basis. Graeme Biggar, chief executive of the National Economic Crime Center, recently warned companies to know that criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people in various ways and that it will only increase.
There are challenges with working remotely. Our home wifi is likely to be less secure than the office, and we don’t receive any of the psychological signals that make us think more carefully about what we do and how we do it – things like using security passes. to enter the office, for example.
Hackers know we are likely to be more relaxed at home. And that makes teleworkers an easy target.
What can employers do?
If you plan to make working from home or remotely a permanent part of your workforce plan, you need to make sure that employees are taking cybersecurity safe no matter where they are. Here we share our top things to think about:
Remind employees of their data processing responsibilities
With articles in the press about using personal email and leaving printed data in public places, it should be remembered that it is your business that will be fined if private data is lost. or stolen due to employee error. Make sure your staff only use company email addresses for company business. And avoid printing data when you’re away from the office.
Make sure wifi networks are secure
Make sure home networks are configured with WPA2, a network security technology commonly used on all wifi hardware since 2006, which encrypts data as it is transmitted.
We also recommend that you change the default router password to a password that is at least 15 characters long and includes letters and special characters such as * & ^% $.
Hackers are looking for people who use their own devices – they are an easier target and that means more opportunities. If you can, make sure all of your employees are using work devices. You can then control the security and protection of these devices, reducing the opportunities for hackers.
Keep cybersecurity in mind
Make sure you have regular communication with your cybersecurity team. For example, a message is displayed every time someone logs into your system. Use communications to reinforce the message, from daily team meetings to weekly emails for all businesses. Make sure people get into the habit of checking everything and not assuming anything.
Piracy is here to stay
Hackers are making a lot of money from their scams, which means they are unlikely to stop anytime soon. So it’s up to your organization to make sure that you give your employees the right training and environment they need to recognize the signs of a scam and have the tools and behaviors that can protect their data and data. of your organization.
At the top of this article, we said that 90% of successful cyber attacks are the result of human error. Now is the time to make sure your employees are trained to be aware of risks, know how to mitigate them, and adopt positive behaviors that protect your organization in the long run.