COVID 19: Time to Strengthen CyberSecurity During Employees Working From Home

The world has been halted by the COVID 19 outbreak. We are all in this together, and we will do everything possible to overcome this situation and stop the spread of this deadly virus. This is why organizations around the world are allowing students/employees to study/work from home. The number of people working remotely is growing every day. This is creating a concern about the safety of valuable data and the network of organizations. Coronavirus is a reminder of how important safety and security are in all aspects of life.

Why should organisations think about improving cyber security?
Cybercriminals are not aware of the global crisis. They see this as a great opportunity to exploit the situation and gain access to an organization’s network at every opportunity.
Many companies might not be prepared to allow remote workers and may lack the security required.
Many people are likely to be working from home for their first time, or they may not be used to it. They might not realize the many ways they could unknowingly compromise security.
Let’s take a closer look at the possible reasons for losing your valuable data while you work remotely.
Are the Employees Providing The Infrastructure Required?
Internet Speed
When choosing an internet service for our home, we pay attention to the speed of download. However, upload speeds are important for those who work remotely.
Security
It is mandatory to use a password-protected internet service. Internet services used at home are much more vulnerable than those used for work.
Secure home network
Internet at home is usually connected to multiple devices that are used for personal purposes. These devices, such as tvs and music players, are not regularly updated against threats. This makes hacking the network easier.
Separate device for official use
Personal use of systems/laptops must be restricted to official purposes.
Personal devices should not be used for official purposes. In the event that they are lost, these devices can be physically damaged.
Phishing Awareness
To avoid being sucked in by phishing schemes, employees must be aware of the different options available.
Open wi-fi is not to be used
Avoid working in public places like cafes or open wi-fi.
Responsibilities
You must follow all security instructions issued by the organization. You are responsible for your work and the image of the company.
Organisations Must Take Certain Measures
It is clear that the sudden spread of Coronavirus has left organizations without the time or resources to plan their strategy or train their workforce to deal effectively with security breaches. This means that it is urgently necessary to upgrade/upgrade security systems and to manage data security on employees’ part.
As many employees as possible should have access to laptops, chargers and headsets from their organizations.
To be able to connect large workforces simultaneously, it is important to verify the VPN’s capacity.
Inform your employees about the danger sites and discourage them from browsing them.
Equip your employees with the latest security software and manufacturer software updates.
Multifactor authentication is required for every login to a company portal.
Prohibiting open wi-fi as an official device
Reminding employees about other ways they can be trapped, such as a phishing email on Corona. This appears to be the company’s policy.
You can seek help if you feel that managing the higher security level of your company in an emergency situation is difficult.

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