What are the security challenges of a fully remote, work-from-home workforce?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread rapidly across the entire world in recent weeks. This has compelled many nations and organizations to take unprecedented actions to slow the virus' transmission. One measure being widely commanded or encouraged is remote work.
This urgent directive for telecommuting has forced organizations, many with little-to-no previous work-from-home policies in place, to massively increase their share of remote employees. Such a spontaneous shift is not without risk though, and, aside from the immediate technology and efficiency 'teething' problems that might arise, there's a more dangerous problem presenting itself: opportunistic cyberattackers.
Watch the 6 minute video below to discover key considerations for enabling a secure remote workforce. and learn the most efficient and effective solution for enabling secure work from home:
The Remote Working Security Problem
The strain on networks, applications, and services structure caused by the shift from dedicated corporate offices to remote workspaces has stretched organizations beyond capacity to cope, meaning that yawning security gaps are appearing, and threat actors are all too quick to exploit the crisis.
There's already been many reports of coronavirus-related scams and phishing attacks across the globe, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to call the situation an “infodemic". This term characterizes the way in which people are bombarded with an overabundance of both accurate and inaccurate information that is circulating on the internet, making it hard to know who/what to trust.
Hackers have been ramping up exploits to capitalize on this situation, such as by spamming out phishing emails that purport to offer health advice from reputable organizations such as government and WHO. The City of London Police has also reported a 400% increase in Covid-19 related fraud within a month.
So, what can organizations do to mitigate these dangers? In this blog and short video, we highlight the four big remote working security considerations, and how to address them effectively, in rapid time.