COVID-19: Protecting Employees Without Sacrificing Cyber Security
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, companies are encouraging employees to work from home. As such, employees are remotely accessing company networks and systems in unprecedented numbers. Examples of remote access platforms include:
- MS Remote Desktop;
- Office365/OneDrive; and,
- Outlook Web Access (OWA).
The increase in remote access to these platforms, also increases companies’ exposure to cyber criminals. In order to thwart these cyber-attacks employees and companies must remain vigilant and follow good cyber security practices.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) has issued some commonsense warnings for employees such as:
- Being cautious about opening any e-mail that references COVID-19;
- No clicking on links or attachments from unsolicited e-mails; and
- Not revealing sensitive company or personal information via e-mail.
Beyond that, employers and their IT department (or provider) must ensure that a cyber security policy is in place. Such a policy should include as a minimum:
- assessment of system vulnerability;
- firewalls; and,
- multifactor authentication to prevent breaches.
In addition, cyber security experts recommend that other testing be performed to improve the security of a remote workforce, during the COVID-19 response and beyond. Michael Brice, President of BW Cyber Services has recommended that “companies that are required to undergo annual Regulatory Risk Assessments should schedule this process as soon as possible as it can pinpoint any weaknesses in their remote strategy. We also recommend Penetration Testing – in which a company’s resilience to real world cyber-attacks is assessed.”
How Alaric can help
Cybersecurity is one of the most challenging issues facing firms today. Alaric offers several solutions powered by BW Cyber Services to help your firm to mitigate the threat of real-world security breaches.