The threats to network security are getting stronger. Cyber-criminals are taking advantage of changes in company schedules and routines to commit their crimes, as these are the times when the business is most vulnerable. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has not helped in this respect; in fact, it has caused a wave of threats that use the Covid-19 theme to trick network users.
The method currently being used by cyber-crooks to infiltrate company networks consists of registering malicious domains and creating phishing schemes. When Internet users read “Coronavirus,” they fall for the trick. Many of the phishing emails sent use “welfare assistance” as a decoy, referring to grant or loan programs, as well as aid for small or medium businesses.
In this sense, it is vitally relevant that both the management and the company’s entire staff have tools to protect their information. At Bonneville Group, we want to help our clients and potential customers to protect their business information. That is why we provide these six security tips, essential for companies to train their remote work teams during the pandemic.
NETWORK SECURITY TIPS IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC
1. Secure and test remote connections
Companies must ensure that all devices working within the network are functional and up-to-date. Hackers often take advantage of outdated firewalls or VPNs to access the company’s network. That’s why continually updating devices, both smartphones, and computers, will help ensure business security.
At Bonneville, we have Network Vulnerability Scanner, one of the three most straightforward tools to use in the market. This tool automatically searches for security vulnerabilities, both in networks and systems, and then provides a detailed report on the risks to be considered and where the security gaps are.
2. VPN and two-factor authentication
It is important that companies use a connection or tunneling tool (VPN) for remote connections. This type of tool connects the employees’ home network to the corporate network, duly protected. Besides, employees must use a two-step authentication password to ensure that the connection is secure.
3. Cybersecurity assessment
Companies should conduct frequent security assessments of their network, especially if the home-based staff has had to adjust their system; this involves guiding your team through your company’s cybersecurity controls, as well as identifying what has changed in your IT infrastructure and posture.
4. Establish expectations for home-based work
One of the points we emphasize most to our customers is having clearly defined expectations and policies with employees about working from home. A data and technology use policy that prevents employees from using personal devices is necessary since companies risk threats when employees leave confidential information on their devices. In this way, there is a risk that violations on personal devices will spread to the company network.
The company must ensure that its employees save corporate documentation and information on the company network or a cloud-based file hosting service rather than their devices. It is also advisable to avoid sending attachments in emails, as most email servers do not encrypt these files. If an attachment is corrupt and downloaded, it can harm the company’s security.
At Bonneville Group, we help our clients develop such data use policy with Defendify by Bonneville’s technology so that the company can ensure that such policies and guidelines are understood, shared, and above all, applied efficiently.
5. Train your team
Training employees on how to be aware of the current cybersecurity threats and how to use new technologies at home with which they are not familiar is fundamental and should be contemplated within the company’s investment plan; this will empower the employees with the necessary tools to catch scams before it is too late, thus protecting valuable company and personal data.
6. Review the incident response plan
Employees must know what to do and who to contact in case a network breach is detected in order to address and report any incident, so it is necessary for the company to develop an Incident Response Plan. We recommend using Defendify by Bonneville to quickly create your own Incident Response Plan by answering just a few questions. This way, your personnel will have a step by step guide to efficiently manage any unexpected breach.
In times of uncertainty, it is crucial to remain alert, especially when it comes to your company’s cybersecurity.
Following these network security tips will protect your company, customers, and employees from any threat.
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