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Protect Your Business from Common Remote Work Security Risks with Expert Tips from DevPals

Remote work is rapidly becoming a popular practice around the world, with companies allowing a significant part of their employees to work remotely. However, while this practice increases flexibility, productivity, and work-life balance, there are potential security risks that come with remote work. 

In this new remote-working landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity became an even greater concern for businesses everywhere.

By unknowingly following cybersecurity worst practices, employees can actually be the ones giving threat actors access to your network and your company’s private information. When company operations suddenly or temporarily change to remote work, employees can become confused about how to continue working securely. Remote workers can become the biggest threat to your network’s security, putting your company’s data at risk.

Let’s take a close look at some of the most common remote working security risks companies face:

Weaker security controls

Multiple existing layers of cyber protection will not apply to remote employees. Remote work involves some system access, network traffic, and data that is moved outside the conventional perimeters of the enterprise technology environment. In general, organizations are unable to extend monitoring to all endpoints and across all networks that are now enabling remote work environments.

Cyberattacks on remote-working infrastructure

Security teams should be on alert for brute force and server-side attacks. DDoS protection will also become essential.

Email scams

Phishing strategies involve an individual or entity masquerading as a legitimate source to fool a victim into providing private login credentials or privileged information, which can then be employed to break into accounts, steal confidential information, and perform identity fraud. Phishing emails have become so sophisticated that it is increasingly challenging for employees to notice them.

Personal devices used for work

Employees transferring files between work and personal computers when working from home or using their personal devices at work can create risks. 

The public places issue

Employees may be working in public places, such as cafés, and can be exposing their laptop screens, talking loudly on the phone, or leaving their devices unattended.

Sensitive data accessed through unsecured Wi-Fi networks

Your employees could be connecting to their home wireless network or accessing their corporate accounts using unsecured public Wi-Fi. Malicious actors nearby can easily spy on their connection and harvest confidential information. For this reason, your employees should not be allowed to access any unknown Wi-Fi networks unless they are using a VPN connection.

Weak passwords 

One of the easiest, yet frequently neglected, ways for your employees to protect themselves when working from home is to strengthen their passwords and make sure that they have strong password protection across all of their devices.

Final word

To mitigate the risks of remote work, it's important for companies to provide cybersecurity training for their employees, establish a zero-trust model, and identity-centric services. If you're looking for cybersecurity solutions, DevPals is here to help. Contact us today to discuss how we can help protect your business.

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