As the UK faces a second lockdown, we here at Kerbury want to ensure you that whilst things may feel uncertain, you can trust your security to our professional team.

The risks

A return to a working from home environment poses a number of risks to your cybersecurity. Not only do the devices that employees are working at need to be secure, but so does the internet connection, and a number of other variations. The management of data that would usually be handled within business infrastructure is now being dealt with in a home setting.

By adopting workarounds employees could be putting their organisation at risk from cyberattacks, especially as hackers increasingly turn their attention to remote workers. “People will cut corners on security best practices when working remotely and find workarounds if security policies disrupt their productivity in these new working conditions,” said Tim Salder, CEO of Tessian

Cyber criminals are switching tactics and exploiting COVID-19-related fears among the population. As a result, working from home is becoming a gateway to new forms of data theft. 26% of survey respondents report they are currently tempted to keep copies of valuable company data in case “the worst comes to the worst” (the company becomes insolvent or they lose their job).

There has also been a huge spike in phishing emails from criminals looking to exploit employees working from home without the support of IT workers behind them. Appropriate training and education of what a phishing scam is and how to avoid them can help aid in the battle against this kind of cybercrime.

Some things to remember, from our article on how to ensure cybersecurity while working from home during 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.

Hardware as a service is also a service offered at Kerbury.

Similar to renting hardware, it shares some of the same benefits. You are essentially borrowing the hardware to use short or long term, returning equipment at an arranged point. What sets it apart from a rental is that you are paying for a service to support the hardware. Think of it as paying for the utility. Read more about the benefits here.

As ever, contact the Kerbury team if you have any concerns about the cybersecurity of your work from home set-up!