How to secure your work from home staff during the coronavirus outbreak

April 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many organizations are losing clients and are adjusting operations to survive. With social distancing being practiced in the USA and across the World, businesses are forced to adopt a work from home (WFH) setup. However, this transition poses productivity and security challenges.

Here’s what you need to know so that your company and employees can stay protected:

Your remote staff members are vulnerable to hackers

Hackers are primed to take advantage of remote workers, whose machines and devices are by default not securely configured compared to those in the office. Also, if your employees use unprotected channels to connect to your corporate network, hackers can hitch a ride to steal critical company data.

Through attack methods like phishing, cybercriminals can hijack your staff’s emails or other business-related accounts to gain access to your systems and network. Additionally, if your employees are using the same passwords for both work and personal accounts, infiltrating one type of account can lead to the hacking of the other.

Working securely

Because hackers have many techniques at their disposal, you might think that they have the upper hand. But by applying cybersecurity best practices, you can reduce WFH security risks. Here’s how:

☐ Enable the latest security software and tools to protect your IT resources, even on remote devices.

☐ Implement endpoint security policies that allow only work devices or company-verified employee devices to connect to the corporate network.

☐ Enforce multifactor authentication (MFA) to strengthen password security to make sure verification goes beyond passwords and includes fingerprint or facial recognition scans.

☐ Respond to incidents that slip through the cracks by automating your email security. This will help you avoid pulling valuable IT resources away from supporting remote employees.

☐ Allow customers and supply chain partners to communicate securely with you by using proactive security measures such as data protection, encryption, and intrusion prevention.

Train your employees to stay vigilant. Threats, especially phishing emails can appear highly convincing. Make sure your staff scrutinizes all communications before responding. Encourage them to verify with the other party or seek help from you.

Slow, inefficient, and manual incident response processes can allow COVID-19-themed email threats to spread further. With Graphus, you can block emails from hackers and fraudsters and detect remote employees who are vulnerable to social engineering scams. Communicate with confidence — get in touch with us today to learn more about our email security solutions.


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