In order to ensure business continuity and improve resilience, many companies around the globe have simplified and optimized their operations in the recent past. One of these changes is the introduction of remote work policies, as employees have migrated permanently to work from home in many organizations. And it seems that for most of these organizations, remote work may actually become the new norm.
Companies are now facing the new challenge of securing a varied and diverse workforce with changing work environments. While many security professionals rely on some resources to observe and protect access to corporate data, they still lack the granular insight and control to quickly detect, prevent and respond to cyber threats.
Cybercriminals Bank On Uncertainty
Cybercriminals keep becoming more aggressive than ever before. As expected, they have capitalized on the global pandemic. Cyber-attacks integrate themselves within the corporate infrastructure as part of organizations’ digital transformation strategies and corrupt the infrastructure by using it to threaten corporate consumers, partners, and board members.
Today, in the most chaotic time in history, it is undeniable that attackers use disinformation and manipulation to attack unsuspecting victims, especially remote workers. They use disinformation by releasing lots of fake data about the crisis to trap innocent victims and commit crimes against them. And they use deception by impersonating them as a legitimate customer, entity, or system to inflict damage on victims.
Knowing how they function would allow you to keep one step ahead of the threats and protect the remote workers on a larger scale.
Remote Work: An Insight
Some businesses have maintained a solid framework for remote work for many years. They have done it firsthand, and it is well-known with all the dangers and benefits that come with it. But only a few dispersed workers and restricted employees have been allowed by some organizations to work remotely.
The period of remote work has changed dramatically over the past few months, including among businesses that have maintained a remote workforce. The resultant emerging threats are being examined in the midst of these rapid changes by security experts.
The most common risk scenarios that can impact your remote staff include disinformation and deception, hazards of island hopping, and the like.
Enterprises would also do well to consider digital distancing. Digital distancing is a best practice, which, since most employees operate from home, is now used to reduce the risk of cyber infection.
As the name suggests, digital distancing means that your work devices should not be on the same network as your devices in a home setting or other devices used for recreational or personal purposes by household members. Digital distancing is a method of minimizing the danger of island hopping and proximity-based attacks.
The pandemic of COVID-19 has contributed to the implementation of major change initiatives in all organizations. But, if you treat remote workers as a temporary, optional, or permanent solution for your company, it would help if you also had full control and visibility over risks that could affect operations. And the new solutions for data protection and analytics keep you a step ahead with their features that offer granular insight into and control over user actions.