Here are some of the key takeaways from our webinar with WatchGuard on securing your remote workforce.
Due to Covid-19, Australian companies are under a heightened risk of cyber attacks. This is not a time to be complacent – small and medium size companies are just as vulnerable as large organisations and government agencies.
Today it is more common for employees to work from home, and they are being required to use technologies like VPN and video conferencing programs. Remote workforces are growing despite a lack of familiarity with this software, and home office spaces that aren’t equipped with adequate security defences. Meanwhile cyber attackers are exploiting the conditions of the pandemic and the sudden shift to remote working to target businesses. Ransomware and “phishing” scams are the more common types of security breaches to emerge this year.
In the race to build remote connectivity, Australian businesses lack the preparation needed for the growing cyber security challenges.
WatchGuard offers three essential security solutions to these rising issues:
- Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
A VPN is a private server that functions like a tunnel enabling secure access to data and resources through the internet.
Having a VPN is useful for many common scenarios, such as staying secure when using public wifi.
- Endpoint security
Each device used remotely provides a possible entry point for hackers to access company networks and resources. Endpoint security software is designed to protect a company from such attacks through remote devices. This security solution is particularly useful when dealing with ransomware.
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Also known as “two-step verification”, MFA enhances security for accounts and data by requiring the user to provide two or more levels of proof of identity when logging into an account or device.
It can take just one remote user having a weak password, or a trojan stealing or sharing a password, to allow hackers into a network. MFA offers a user-friendly solution to authenticating all systems and applications.
WatchGuard has launched its own MFA solution Authpoint, a cloud service that uses methods such as push-notifications, QR codes and one-time passwords, and is designed for small to medium businesses.
Tips for working at home
Other than these security solutions, there are several practices all employees can apply when working from home.
- Avoid clicking on “risky” or “suspicious” links or emails – these may be phishing scams.
- Keep work and home devices separate. Don’t allow the kids to use a work computer for homework.
- Make regular backups, especially as ransomware has become one of the leading issues for cybersecurity.
- Change all default passwords on home modems and routers.
- Keep classified information such as passwords in a secure place, i.e. not on sticky note on your desktop.
It is important to acknowledge that when it comes to cybersecurity, it is not a “one size fits all” solution. The scale and type of security solutions vary in complexity and should be tailored to the needs and interests of every business.
Get in touch with Systemnet today for assistance in building remote access and adaptive security strategies suitable for your company.
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