Working from home helps
lessen the spread of the Coronavirus, but creates openings for hackers
With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading quickly, there’s
been a mass movement of employees working remotely in an effort to limit
exposure and slow down the virus’ transmission rate.
While this is an excellent move to make in regards to the
pandemic, if undertaken incorrectly, the devices employees are using to access
company data could become compromised by unscrupulous hackers that are seeking
to take advantage and infiltrate corporations.
The sudden transition of thousands of people working from
home means more potential mistakes to be made when it comes to setting up
appropriate security. In addition, those utilizing their own information
technology staff may be overtaxing their resources as they try to keep up with
multiple department transition needs.
Unfortunately, it also means that cyber criminals have
taken notice of the vulnerabilities and are actively looking for ways to trick
those workers into exposing their passwords.
Criminals have been dressing up password-stealing messages
and malicious software as coronavirus-themed alerts, warnings, or apps.
Some researchers have even found hackers masquerading as
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to scam users out
of bitcoin. Others have found that hackers are using a malicious virus-themed
app to hijack Android phones.
Government officials in multiple countries, including the
United States and Britain have issued warnings about the dangers the newly
remote workforce is facing.
U.S. cyber security officials released an advisory warning
for companies to update their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and to be on
guard against a flood of malicious emails targeting their disoriented
workforce. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre is on the same page as the
U.S. recommendations and has issued a six-page leaflet for businesses in order
to help them manage remote employees.
As many workers are moving their employers’ data from
professionally managed corporate networks to at-home WiFi setups, it’s
important to ensure those remote sites are encrypted and secure. Having loose
restrictions and basic passwords for protection is a very ripe breeding ground
As always, if
we can be of help with your network or computer, give us a call here at RHYNO
Networks. (855) 749-6648
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