With all your employees working remotely, there are lots of infrastructural and managerial questions. But also for cybersecurity these are challenging times.
Even if employees are not working at the head office, as an employer, you remain responsible for the digital hygiene of your company and your employees.
A VPN system provides lots of advantages. It facilitates the use of Internet and provides great stability. So if possible: choose full VPN. All traffic is going through the tunnel, which guarantees the same level of safety as when employees would be working at the office.
Bandwidth is a common issue when it comes to remote working. Most companies split the tunnel, but it’s important that you make the right choices in what’s going through VPN and what isn’t. Make sure that the DNS traffic passes through the VPN. In that way you could have control and visibility on the name resolution requested by the company device.
Secutec offers you a free trial of its secure DNS. This way you get an overview of the blocked outgoing traffic through DNS. There are no infrastructural changes needed and it’s compatible with any endpoint solution.
Hackers are massively trying to lure people working from home by using phishing on the theme of corona. In one week, no less than 41,000 domains has been created and has “corona” or “covid” in their name. We estimate that the effective number is even 15 times higher. Of all the cyberattacks that we currently stop via our systems, no fewer than 80% comes from such a website – while normally this is only 32%.
As an employee you have to be aware of your own responsibility when it comes to digital hygiene and cybersafety. Hackers are using remote workers as a ‘tool’ to perform cyber-attacks. Because it is easier to target an individual than a company.
We are not powerless. As individuals we can build a human firewall.
– Don’t start clicking on all links related to corona. Use official sources of information.
– Make use of a safe network: mobile devices are often connected to unsecured wireless networks.
– Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
– Perform software updates when necessary.
Belgium is one of the top performing European countries when it comes to cybersecurity. One of the reasons is the high sensitizing role of CCB, The Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium. They inform and warn citizens and organisations about cybercrime and give practical tips to stay safe and keep your digital hygiene up to speed. More information on https://safeonweb.be and https://cert.be