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Digital safety in times of corona

While working from home is undeniably safer for our health in these corona times, it simultaneously poses serious risks to the digital security of our enterprises, cyber security company Secutec warns. Hackers everywhere are using the crisis to lure people to phishing websites on the corona subject now that employees are working from home and their work computers are not protected by the usual firewall. “In just one week 41,000 such websites have sprouted up, while the number of employees surfing the web outside the protected company network has risen by 70%. This could spell disaster for the security of business data”, Secutec CEO Geert Baudewijns predicts.

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4 tips to keep your employees and company’s data safe and sound during remote working

1. Be aware of what’s going on

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.

2. Choose full VPN

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.

3. Not enough bandwidth? Split the tunnel wisely

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.

 

4. Phishing and hacking are on top of the Corona-game

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%.

Secutec has made a list of these created domains. By filling in your contact details on the right button (register and receive updates on new registered domains) you will receive the list.

 

 

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Digital hygiene in times of corona and remote working. What can you do as an employee?

1. Be aware of your role 

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.

2. Build a human firewall 

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.

3. Questions? Centre for Cybersecurity

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

KEY Tips

  • Be aware of what’s going on
  • Choose full VPN
  • Not enough bandwidth? Split the tunnel wisely
  • Phishing and hacking are on top of the Corona-game
  • Be aware of your role
  • Build a human firewall
  • Questions? Centre for Cybersecurity

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