Protecting a Remote Workforce from Cyber-Attacks

Right now, businesses across the US are focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 by developing a remote workforce. And, let’s face it, while people are distracted by preparation activities and preventing the spread of the virus, cyber criminals are looking for targets to attack. How can you protect your business while creating a remote workforce?

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Are cyber criminals are using the distraction and chaos of COVID-19 right now to target your business?

5 Ways to Protect Your Business and Remote Workforce

Prevent the spread of cyber-attacks during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As workers begin to gear up to work from remote locations cyber criminals are taking advantage of this opportunity to exploit or gain access to networks, applications, and sensitive data. Here are five ways to protect your business with a remote workforce.

1. Establish a “No-Click” rule for all external emails and remind employees to be alert to scams and spam. Attacks using malicious spam email about the corona virus (COVID-19) are on the rise. Emails are cleverly crafted which could include harmful attachments, links, and URLs. Cyber security awareness training and a vigilant workforce are especially important when people are under stress and out of their normal routines.  It is important to provide cyber security reminders and a method for employees to safely report spacious activity.

2. Require users to avoid public unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Hackers target and/or create these networks to intercept login credentials, personal data (PHI, PII, etc), and proprietary information. Security is a priority. Take the extra steps needed to avoid open networks.

3. Invest in endpoint security. This includes making sure anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware, host-based firewall protections are up to date. Also, ensure all systems, browsers, and applications are patched properly. Using the most current software versions on all devices and network equipment is essential.

4. Establish strong security around VPN Access. VPN Access is tremendously beneficial for a remote workforce; however, it is a backdoor into your network and a highly targeted path for cyber criminals. To protect your network, enable multi-factor authentication, implement a strong password policy, use the strongest possible encryption method for VPN access, only allow VPN users access to approved devices, and limit access to essential resources (not the entire network/all applications).

5. Consider using VDI in place of a “bring your own device” (BYOD) environment. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows a centralized server to provide desktop access to an employee while maintaining all computer activity on the server.

Cyber criminals thrive when users are under stress or focusing their attention on a new routine, distractions, or media hype. Preventing cyber-attacks is just as important as preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions about how to protect your business and employees, please call Zelvin Security to schedule a video conference. We are available to the CNY business community to answer your questions.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Business and Remote Workforce
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During the COVID-19 outbreak, Central New York Businesses with questions about securing their networks from cyber-attacks and protecting a remote workforce are encouraged to contact Zelvin Security for assistance.
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