By now, unless you are an essential worker, you have probably experienced the challenges of working remotely. MSPs and tech departments have been busy easing this transition. There has been a lot of analysis pointing to the probability that organizations will have a large number of employees working remotely for the foreseeable future. A number of news sources have recently pointed out that the tech giants, especially, have taken the lead in keeping workers at home. This continuation of remote work means that we must look even more closely at our cyber security risks. Needless to say, hackers are quickly taking advantage of new vulnerabilities.
Here is what the MSP advises:
- When workers try to log in from offsite locations and new devices, they are open to network and other security risks. Your MSP can identify these risks and advise on the best security options.
- We always stress to use a VPN whenever possible. It offers an additional layer of security and privacy. A VPN establishes a secure, encrypted connection between your device and a private server, which hides your traffic from being seen by others. This is key, whether you are working from home or using a public WIFI.
- Education continues to be crucial, as coronavirus-themed scams escalate. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already warned about ongoing coronavirus-themed phishing attacks and scam campaigns.
- The weakest link in the corporate security chain will always remain its people. Therefore, education is more critical, because the most technologically advanced security software means nothing if a person is still lured into opening a malicious email or if they click on a compromised link.
- Inherent network vulnerabilities are also critical to security. An MSP can identify and secure them by having a port scan completed.
- An MSP will ensure you continue backups to protect from data loss and that your current software is updated.
- Remember that the MSP will be providing remote monitoring and management, now more important than ever.
Stay safe in these difficult and transitional times and contact us with any questions.