A recent online Forbes article written by Carrie Rubinstein pointed out 3 Cyber Security Risks created by employees working remotely. Prior to COVID-19, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified that approximately 29 percent of Americans were able to work remotely. As a result of the implementation of safety measures related to COVID-19, employers are requiring more of their staff to work remotely.
The rapid implementation and expansion of remote work has increased the exposure of companies’ networks, systems and data to attacks. The most prolific exposures are the employee’s home Wi-Fi security, phishing scams, and insecure passwords.
It is important during this time to monitor and actively manage your network, system, and data security. For example, constantly remind remote workers of the need for securing their work-from-home environment. Daily reminders to remote workers via email and regular video and teleconferences with remote workers about proper security measures are imperative.
Phishing emails can deal the biggest blow to your company. With the distance created as a result of working remotely, it may be difficult to identify that an email is fraudulent. It should be stressed that if an employee has any question about an email from a co-worker, customer, or supervisor, they should call the identified sender of the email. In short, a simple phone call can prevent network and in some cases financial headaches.