Are remote workers more vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
Posted by Ash Khagram on 20/08 at 10:00 AM Large enterprises, SMEs, Security,
Home workers are vulnerable to security breaches

A cyber-crime group ran attacks after the Euro 2020 final* knowing people may not be in the office the following day. They had also sent out a spate of attacks during the May bank holidays assuming people would be enjoying the long weekend.

The businesses affected had to endure being offline and unable to trade due to these attacks. The victims were a mix of small to large companies across the UK with a majority employing remote workers.

The group encrypted more than one million IT systems with a combination of malware and ransomware to demand a total of £50 million in bitcoin.

The growth in cyber-crime during the last year has been well documented and it has been growing in the first half of 2021 with experts** giving a stark warning that attacks will become more frequent and could result in even more lost business during the ongoing pandemic.

Why are remote workers a target?
IT departments have standard procedures that staff must adhere to when they are in the office, but with so many people still working from home, the fear is that staff have become less vigilant and bad habits have snuck in.

In the last year, criminals have taken advantage of remote workers and used current world events as content for their phishing emails. At the height of the pandemic, it was reported by Barracuda Networks that it had seen 667% increase in malicious phishing emails and Google were blocking more than 100 million phishing emails per day! ***

As more people began to work from home and uncertainty about the outcome of the pandemic grew, criminals put the spotlight on COVID-19 in their emails with promises of vaccines and cures.

Even with some staff now returning to the office, many are still working from home, so the need to ensure proper security protocols are adhered to is critical to protect IT systems and data.

We recommend the following actions to ensure staff safety in the office or working from home:

  • Invest in managed IT security package
  • Provide mandatory cyber security training for all staff
  • Enable two-factor or multi-factor authentication
  • Invest in dark web monitoring service to identify compromised emails and passwords
  • Enable mobile device management for any corporate laptops and mobiles

With our new cyber security offering we can offer a blend of products that ensures your staff are constantly protected from any threats and are trained to identify threats to your network perimeter. Find out more by contacting swcomms on 0800 054 67789 or email us at security@swcomms.co.uk.

* https://www.digitalshadows.com/blog-and-research/cyber-threats-to-the-uefa-euro-2020-championship/
** https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252504676/Ransomware-attacks-increase-dramatically-during-2021
*** https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/identity-security/protecting-against-cyber-threats-during-covid-19-and-beyond

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Ash Khagram on 20/08/2021

Ash joined us as the digital marketing manager in 2016 with 20 years of marketing expertise from the software and engineering industry.

As a true geek, Ash keeps up to date with current technology trends and innovations in marketing. He spent the last eight years working with leading software companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Adobe etc to create B2B and B2C marketing campaigns.

Ash moved from London in 2007 with his family to enjoy the idilyic surroundings of Dartmoor and the coastlines Devon has to offer.

Contact: ash.khagram@swcomms.co.uk

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