Remote workers increase ransomware threats

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Ransomware is an even greater threat

Original Article Courtesy of Kaspersky

The world has been turned on its head, and the universal shift to remote working has radically altered the threat landscape. Among other things, the people responsible for corporate cyber-protection now need to consider two new factors:

  • the geographical distribution of the office network, and
  • the presence of computers used for work in home environments.

Threats in the office network

So, your employees are now working from home, remotely connecting to the corporate network. That essentially means the office network is now distributed throughout the city (maybe more than one). That means if a piece of ransomware infects the network, computers that are miles away from each other may be encrypted.

What is a ransomware attack?

When an employee unintentionally clicks a link that introduces ransomware, even if you have backups of all work computers, you will have to either dispatch technical support to the home of every affected employee, or get the computers to the office. Neither option is desirable for a business, especially under safer-at-home recommendations.

Home networks under threat

Many people work with company information on home computers. You cannot know for sure how well protected they are, who else uses them, and how well those users understand modern cyber threats. In other words, even if your employees have all been trained to recognize a malicious attachment, that is no guarantee your corporate data won’t be infected through the fault of someone else in their households.

Neighbors represent an additional danger. Who knows what other devices are connected to employees’ routers, and how people have configured access to shared folders?

Remember as well that modern cyber-criminals try to steal data before encrypting it. And whereas in the past, if someone’s home computer got encrypted, it was purely their problem, nowadays, ransomware at home may cause confidential work information to fall into cyber-criminals’ hands. That makes a home attack on an employee a corporate problem — your problem.

Security solution

We understand that most companies that were forced to suddenly send their employees into the world of remote working did not budget for additional security solutions, at least not for each and every employee’s home computer. But that’s no reason to leave them unprotected.

Thinking Beyond the Coronavirus

Contact your technology partner to discuss your business vulnerabilities. If you do not have a partner that is willing or able to assist you, please contact us.

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