The Cyber Vulnerabilities of Working from Home

As companies and local governments send their employees home to keep the spread of COVID-19 at bay, many cybersecurity teams are having to face the challenge of securing massive and sprawling networks that are more vulnerable to suffering from a cyberattack than ever before.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has seen a major increase in the number of cyberattacks directed at its staff and an uptick in email scams targeting the public at large. In recent weeks, more than 450 active email addresses and passwords within the WHO were leaked to the public, along with thousands belonging to others working to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This paints a bleak picture of the general state of cybersecurity during these days of stay-at-home measures where students are studying, parents are working, and families are streaming movies all on the same network. Also, every time an employee connects to their corporate server from home, they’re creating possible access points for hackers to infiltrate and take over.

The Challenge of Working from Home

Remote work or taking a work-at-home day isn’t a new concept. In fact, in recent years, the number of professionals working from home has risen sharply, especially as the gig economy has become a new normal. But with the spread of COVID-19, employees who don’t normally work from home are finding a new workspace in their living room or kitchen.

The security challenges of protecting against a cyberattack are wide-ranging. While those using company-provided laptops are more likely to be protected from attacks by internal safety measures, they could still be vulnerable if their network security isn’t updated or their remote connection isn’t configured. This challenge can overwhelm IT security personnel, especially for companies that have discouraged employees in the past from working from home.

The massive influx of people working at home has expanded the potential locations that hackers can exploit. As companies across the world are having to get used to this new work situation, hackers are starting to change up their cyberattack methods. This includes sending out phishing emails that claim to be about the COVID-19 outbreak or sending messages that claim to be from trusted health professionals or agencies.

In fact, there has been a massive flood of cyber scams and cyberattack attempts related to the virus. And since workers are expecting to get emails from IT staff during these times, they are more likely to click on phishing messages.

Protecting Against a Cyberattack

Employees can take several measures to prevent cyberattacks. Updating passwords and using multi-factor authentication are good places to start, as well as making sure their network security is up to date.

Another way to protect against the effects of a cyberattack during COVID-19 is to make sure  Cyberattack coverage is as effective as it can be. This kind of cyber insurance is important for businesses to have to protect their assets. Companies both large and small face the risk of network security breaches, especially as their employees work from home. Having cyberattack insurance can keep major monetary losses from occurring and help keep reputations intact during these challenging times.

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