Increased cyber risk with work from home
Published: 3/20/20 (Fri)
Originally published on March, 16, 2020, in the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) of North Dakota's Insider newsletter - Updates are coming daily about ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and many business and companies are looking to move workers to a work from home situation. But before having employees pack up their things and start getting comfortable working from the couch, consider the cyber security and data security risks associated with working from home. At-home employees are said to be at greater risk of phishing attacks and companies have already reported phishing emails posing as alerts regarding COVID-19. Setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the best way to secure your network and having a Multi-factor authentication as well as requiring employees to use private hot spot or WIFI and not a local hotspot or guest network at the local coffee shop or hotel. Employees should be aware and alert of increases in phishing emails and ransomware attacks. In a climate where everyone is looking for more information it may be tempting to click links or open files but be on heightened alert as these hacker emails are beginning to circulate. Just as we would like to remain virus free, we also want to keep our businesses free of viruses, ransomware attacks and phishing.