There was a time when unexpected events would shut down the world for days or even weeks? Not anymore. Technology has helped create options for people to stay connected through less than ideal conditions. This new social reality, unfortunately, means new attack opportunities for hackers, who have already found ways to use the coronavirus in scams and phishing attempts to steal your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, money and time.

Employees working remotely can create all sorts of cybersecurity issues, especially when things are a bit chaotic. By doing risky things like logging in from insecure WiFi networks or swapping data unsafely between personal and work devices, remote workers can provide bad actors with the openings that get them right through a company’s cybersecurity defenses. A few simple steps and the right tools make it easy for companies to take precautions against opportunistic cyberattacks.

Increase password security – A stolen or cracked password is the fastest, easiest way for cybercriminals to breach your data and systems. Hackers can easily pluck passwords from poorly secured WiFi networks, even in places that employees might believe are low risk like a library or hotel. Using two-factor authentication provided by a tool like AuthAnvil adds an important layer of security that keeps the bad guys out.

Don’t get caught by phishing – An increased desire for information plus the sense of safety that comes from being at home can be a recipe for cybersecurity disaster. Staff will be tempted to click on strange links, open spurious email attachments, download hazardous apps, and transfer files dangerously between work and home devices. Training and testing can get staffers up to speed quickly to defend against the dangers posed by emails, links, maps, PDFs, infographics, and other infection vectors.

Stay alert for trouble – Looking out for potential cybersecurity risks on the Dark Web may seem like less of a priority when day-to-day operations are strained, but the right monitoring can mean the difference between a potential cybersecurity issue and a very real (and very expensive) data breach. With  constant Dark Web monitoring for a company’s sensitive information means that victims are informed quickly that they’ve been compromised and can take measures to stop bad actors before they start stealing data, deploying ransomware or doing other devastating damage.

Beware of the “Captive Vulnerability Zone”– Signing into sensitive work systems on public WiFi is like sailing through shark-infested waters – and the sharks are cybercriminals trying to steal login credentials. A VPN is the safest way to go, but The Captive Vulnerability Zone created while connecting through a software VPN can offer cybercriminals a golden opportunity to inject malicious JavaScript or steal passwords. Navigate through it safely by using a hardware VPN that isolates captive portals to mitigate the risk to both devices and data.

We encourage you not to give in to panic, countdowns, false information or offers too good to be true. Stay informed through legitimate and official sources and always check multiple sources. On all your devices, use a security solution that can protect you from phishing, fraud, and malware. Using the right solutions to create an agile cybersecurity strategy means that unexpected remote work doesn’t give them those chances– because every business has enough on its plate in uncertain times without adding in the complications of a data breach.

ManagedTEK is a managed service provider that provides IT security solutions and monitoring for small to medium sized businesses in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, we provide fully managed outsourced IT services or will co-source with your internal IT staff.

Get touch with us today for your FREE Dark Web Scan, or security audit. Or just give us a call at (707) 205-3727. Learn more about how you can protect your business. We will help you personally design a solution to meet your business need.

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