The current situation around the world has brought into the limelight the challenges we face while working remotely. The issues are large than issues observed productivity-wise. It could be shocking for most of us to know that work from home could put business to risk. Though most of the firms have network security in place, not all are equipped with the knowledge concerning the risks involved in connecting remotely.
Irrespective of the size of the firm most of them have faced proliferation in threats based on mail, gaps in endpoint security because of the major shift in the work culture, and working remotely. But for the system to stay secure one not only needs to consider security practitioners but also ethical hacker perspectives.
The workforce needs to be educated about what to look out for or the possible signs that indicate the threat. Below listed are a few of them:
– Any new programs which appear which out authorizing the installation.
– If the system slows down drastically.
– Any strange advertisements that pop.
– If the control of the mouse or keyboard is lost.
The risk can be allayed by the concerned IT administration team once notified.
Whilst in the office the security of the Wi-Fi networks is controlled by the IT managers. The case is not so whilst we operate from home or remotely as the protocol could be weak allowing easy access to hackers.
One of the top and commonly caused causes of a data breach is phishing emails. As it’s easy for hackers to send emails that are deceptive with hostile links. Most of the time we miss notice and click the link which gives access to the data for the hacker.
One of the next common risks is through passwords. The easier the password the easy it is to get hacked. Especially when the same password is used in different platforms it is easy for the once hacking it to gain access and all the platforms to which the same password applies.
But the current scenario has made it mandatory to work remotely for most of the firms. One of the best ways to tackle database threats is by ensuring the security of every possible device. Network solutions need to be scaled up and should regularly discard legacy VPNs that are hardware-based in favor of cloud-agnostic. As it is known that the legacy hardware VPNs cannot constructively secure remote access which is policy based on on-premises resource and hybrid environments.
Yet another effective way is to provide virtual pieces of training to the staff on possible cyberattacks and the risks involved. One needs to be watchful for the things we spoke about earlier such as suspicious emails, malware, etc.