Top 5 wft security threats introduced in this COVID era

Top 5 wfh security threats introduced in this COVID era

Security Threats – Most of the organizations have accomplished the initial process of transitioning the workforce to remote work, and employees are comfortable with the fresh norms. From business meetings to regular work, all kinds of work are virtually taking place. Life seems to be adjusting with the new normal arrangement. 

According to CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers), cybersecurity is under continuous threat in the current arrangement. Against the setting up of remote infrastructure, the subsequent hurdles have drawn the focus on cybersecurity as it isn’t just a support function but a key business imperative. 

The security gaps developed due to remote working are acting as the opportunity for cyberbullies. Apparently, the employees are using their home computers for access that has helped the cyberbullies in invading secured data. 

Nevertheless, the shifting work-from-home situation has illustrated the vitality of securing the endpoint. Companies that used great data defences and on-site are suddenly facing hundreds of weak links. CERT-India has disclosed that there is a spike in cyber-attacks, especially on personal computers from the beginning of the remote work protocol.

In this blog, we will explore the pressing security threats that could harm the cyber health of any companies and the solutions adopted to remove them. 

Security Threats

1. Adding new devices:

Uncountable brand new mobile devices and laptops are purchased in corporate offices to ensure all employees have comfortable work from home arrangement. Despite trying hard to keep up with security updates, there have been some gaps. The same has led the cyberbullies in the system. There is tighter security management planned as the WFH doesn’t seem to resume to normal any time soon. 

2. Patches and updates

Cybersecurity depends upon the quality of patch and regular updates. This draws back the leverage from attackers hands. Well, managing the patching and updating for remote work users have added new challenges for IT teams. The segment needs special attention to keep the cyberbullies at bay. 

3. Personal cloud storage

The undeniable fact that available cloud solutions fall weak when it comes to security. Being said that, many companies have strictly prohibited the use of available cloud solutions. It is highly recommended to opt for a secured solution and go for a self-developed cloud system where the IT departments have complete control of passwords and information stored or shared. 

4. Band-aid solutions: 

The radical change in the working arrangement forced the companies to accept the nearest solution to keep the things up and running—the same introduced personal computers to the working environments. The loose ends caused severe issues with cybersecurity. The threat of getting hacked was now more than ever. Now, the organisations are coming up with a temporary solution which could be holding the attackers for now. 

5. Phishing emails

The employees are already trained for handling phishing emails. However, the remote working situation has allowed cyberbullies to go sharp with the techniques. We would recommend a revised, and upgraded training of treating phishing emails must be conducted in organisations. 

In India, before the outbreak of COVID-19, cybersecurity spent 10% of the total Information Technology budget of any specific organization. However, during the lockdown, the numbers have gone up by 15%. It is speculated that once the lockdown is over, the stats would go up by 20%. Reportedly, in a day’s period, FortiGuard Labs’ research reflects an average of approximately 600 fresh phishing campaigns. In the first quarter of 2020, there was a 17% increase in viruses. Therefore, keeping a tight check despite changed arrangements is necessary. 

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