Cybersecurity and Remote Work Threats

Remote work has become increasingly popular with businesses and organizations due to the impacts and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cybersecurity is a top concern for remote work environments, as it opens doors to potential vulnerability risks for cyber-attacks.

When working in an office setting, you are protected by security measures that businesses and organizations have put in place to secure their network, systems, devices, and data information from potential cyber threats. However, remote work can reduce security efforts and increase the chance of risks if necessary precautions are not taken.

Implementing security precautions will minimize the risk of cyber-attacks and potential vulnerabilities. To keep your business and employees secure, you must understand the threats related to remote working. Threat actors use various methods to compromise your organization’s sensitive information – but there are steps you can follow to minimize this risk. Security precautions to take into consideration to stay secure include:

Mobile Devices

Many of us rely on mobile devices when working remotely. Mobile devices include smartphones, laptops and tablets.

  • Use multi-factor authentication.
  • Do not leave your devices unattended.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and make sure no one is listening to your conversations or looking over your shoulder as you enter your password.
  • Stay updated with the latest software updates.
  • Enable firewalls and anti-virus software on your devices.
Phishing Scams and Social Engineering

Scammers are known to steal sensitive information by impersonating another entity. Social engineering – utilizing information from social media accounts is also a popular tactic used to steal information.

  • Be vigilant. Don’t answer calls from phone numbers you do not know.
  • Trust your instincts. If a phone call sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Think twice. Do not open links or attachments from unknown e-mail senders.
  • Be cautious. Do not send sensitive information through e-mail or text messages.
Wi-Fi

When working remotely, you should ensure your Wi-Fi network is heavily protected. This includes changing the default modem password to a strong password that is difficult for others to guess and using a VPN when dealing with sensitive or confidential data information. You should always be mindful of using a secure wireless network to ensure sensitive information cannot be stolen by a cyber-attack.

It is important to be aware of the potential vulnerability risks related to cyberattacks and cybercrime. Cyber Liability Insurance policies are tailored to meet your company’s specific needs and can offer important protective benefits, including the following:

  • Data Breach Coverage
  • Business Interruption Loss Reimbursement
  • Cyber Extortion Defence
  • Forensic Support
  • Legal Support
  • Coverage Beyond Your General Liability Policy

Talk to us today to learn more about Cyber Security Insurance.

For more information regarding Cybersecurity and Remote Work, see below for The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security resources.

Cyber Security at Home and in The Office: Secure Your Devices, Computers, and Networks

Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Work

Security Tips for Organizations With Remote Workers

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