The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone. The lockdowns, the need to follow social distancing--though indispensable--have been tough on individuals and also resulted in a lot of revenue loss to businesses. For SMBs though, this time has been particularly difficult, with a general downturn in the economy and the job losses, which has been affecting people’s ability to make purchases. In the middle of all these challenges, SMBs are grappling with yet another issue--the need to keep their business running, even remotely in some cases. A lot of businesses had a tough time adapting to the work-from-home setup. Since this sudden transition to the work-from-home model was largely unplanned, a lot of them became victims of cybercrime and many more are being targeted even as you read this.
If you're one of those businesses that implemented the WFH model overnight, then it’s time you paid attention to the cybersecurity angle of it. Here are some ways to do that.
Cybersecurity & Work-From-Home
Perform surprise audits to check if your IT policies are being adhered to. Take actions against staff found flouting the rules.
A global study released in October 2020 by Ponemon Institute LLC and Keeper Security, Inc. found that 44% of these professionals were confident of their organizations’ ability to fend off cyberattacks during the pandemic, compared with 71% before the pandemic. What’s bothering them most? A lack of physical security in the workspaces of remote workers (47%), the threat of remote workers’ devices being infected with malware (32%) and the risk of cybercrooks accessing sensitive data on remote workers’ devices (24%).