Working from home is the “new normal” for many businesses and their employees. These arrangements may have been put together quickly and can often involve the use of unsecured devices and remote connections, but there are certain steps you can take to protect your employees and business. The team at Grant Thornton has assembled an essential guide for you.
RECOGNIZE ALL THE DEVICES USED BY YOUR EMPLOYEES REMOTE DEVICES
KEEPING YOUR WORKPLACE SECURE IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
Allowing your employees to use unsecure devices or connections is much like leaving the back door to your house unlocked, or your windows open. None of the cyber risks that your business faced before the pandemic have gone anywhere – in fact, some of them may have increased because hackers can take advantage of any temporary vulnerabilities and be on the lookout for organizations that haven’t secured their remote connections or protected their workers. We’ve already seen examples of phishing attacks using COVID-19 as the “bait” as one example of this kind of opportunistic behaviour. According to a recent Norton report, coronavirus-themed phishing emails can take different forms ranging from CDC alerts and health advice, to workplace policy emails. These criminals are looking for users to click on an attachment or embedded link, so they can have you download malicious software onto your device.
SECURING THE CONNECTION TO YOUR BUSINESS
You can help your employees set-up a secure remote connection to reduce any unnecessary risk for your business. If you’re looking for a place to turn for more direct assistance, we have advisors that can help you design and implement secure configuration settings, including all hardening configurations and Minimum Baseline Security Standards (MBSS) as well as the associated policies and procedures, to reduce any risks while connecting remotely.
Reviewing and ensuring your remote connections are secure will give you peace of mind that your most important assets – your people, your know-how, your technology – are protected from hackers. As COVID-19 is already a major challenge, you don’t need to add in a cyber attack like ransomware or a data breach.
Physical access isn’t required to review your security configurations as well as assess and update your employee’s remote connection.
Grant Thornton is here to help
They understand that you want to be agile and responsive as the situation unfolds. Having access to experts, insights and accurate information as quickly as possible is critical—but your resources may be stretched at this time.
They’re here to support you as you navigate through the impacts of coronavirus on your business and your investments.
A 24 hour hotline to assist anyone with an urgent cyber breach or incident:
+1 844 40 CYBER
Additional resources to help your businesses stay safe:
Tips to strengthen your company’s passwords: a guide explaining password protection software (to generate secure passwords for each sign-in) and using two-factor authentication (which incorporates another security element in addition to the password).
Don’t think a ransomware attack can happen to you? Think again: details steps you can take to protect your business including cybersecurity awareness, anti-virus and anti-malware software, and the proper installation of security patches.