Hackers are exploiting the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of work from home staff during the COVID19 pandemic to steal valuable information. Despicably, some scammers are already using the coronavirus as the perfect opportunity to trick people with Phishing scams. ENISA said it had already seen an increase in coronavirus-related phishing attacks. The agency recommends, as far as possible, that workers try to not mix work and leisure activities on the same device and be particularly careful with any Emails referencing the coronavirus. “Attackers are exploiting the situation, so look out for phishing emails and scams,” ENISA said.
Here are some basic recommendations that can help keep you secure whilst working from home during the COVID19 Pandemic:
- Ensure your Wi-Fi connection is secure. While most Wi-Fi is correctly secured, some older installations might not be, which means people in the near vicinity can snoop your traffic.
- Ensure anti-virus is in place and fully updated.
- Check all security software is up to date: Privacy tools, add-ons for browsers and other patches need to be checked regularly.
- Have a back-up strategy and remember to do it: All important files should be backed up regularly. In the worst case scenario, staff could fall foul of ransomware for instance. Then all is lost without a backup.
- Make sure you are using a secure connection to your work environment.
- Check if you have encryption tools installed.
- Get in touch with a professional cybersecurity team like Kerbury if you have any worries
There are also recommendations for employers to help ensure the cybersecurity of their staff during the COVID19 pandemic
Things employers can do:
- Provide initial and then regular feedback to staff on how to react in case of problems. Who to call, hours of service, emergency procedures and how they evolve.
- Give suitable priority to the support of remote access solutions.
- Define a clear procedure to follow in case of a security incident.
- Consider restricting access to sensitive systems where it makes sense.
- Seek guidance from cybersecurity professionals at Kerbury should you have any concerns
Your cybersecurity should be one of your top priorities to ensure your staff working from home are operating safely and efficiently. Should you need further support the Kerbury team will be happy to provide training as well as any IT support you may need during this difficult time. Get in touch today to find out more