Until now, a majority of enterprises and their employees have been safely protected by their office network’s robust security infrastructure. However, things have drastically changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, and enterprises have been forced to quickly shift to a work-from-home model. Hackers are also quick to pounce on situations like this, as they find it an easy opportunity to get their hands on enterprise data.
There has already been an increase in the number of breaches targeting businesses, and the amount of attacks is predicted to grow even more. The Department of Homeland Security has advised businesses to prepare for new cybersecurity threats arising from work-from-home arrangements. Check Point’s researchers have already reported a global increase in coronavirus-themed spam emails. Phishing attempts have also soared by over 600 percent since the end of February 2020 according to Barracuda Networks, and this includes traditional impersonation scams as well as business email compromise (BEC) and extortion attacks.
Given this rise in the number of attacks, it is extremely critical for enterprises to quickly bolster their security infrastructure and also follow specialized security guidelines for a remote workforce. To help you address this concern, here are a few security best practices for both your IT team and remote employees.