The biggest cyber security risks of working from home

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Thanks to the ongoing pandemic situation, more people than ever before are working from home. But this can come with a number of cyber security risks. Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about remote working and cyber security risks.

What are the biggest cyber security risks of working from home?

There are a number of cyber security issues that can arise as a result of working from home, or working remotely. And the risk for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) is often even greater. These risks include:

  • Phishing attacks
  • Ransomware
  • Human error

Phishing attacks can be more of a threat when staff are working remotely

Phishing attacks involve sending fake emails from an account that looks genuine, in order to obtain money, financial information or passwords and data that can be used for future access. For SMBs, these emails can often look like they have been received from a colleague, an investor, a supplier or even a business you have worked with in the past. In the past, these used to be easy to identify, but attackers have begun to use more sophisticated phishing attacks. These can make scam emails almost indistinguishable from the real thing. And with a lot of staff working from home, email has become one of the number one ways to communicate, which means our inboxes are frequently overflowing. Combine this with increased stress from the current pandemic situation, and your colleagues or staff may not be as alert to scam emails as they would be in the office. As a result, it’s important to keep your staff training up to date during this time.

On the whole phishing attacks have increased up to 600% since February 2020, and this is one of the number one threats to your business.

Ransomware and working from home

In our latest blog we explored the risks of remote working and ransomware, and we found that with many computers in many different areas logging in to the office network, ransomware that effected just one computer could infect the others connected to the network. This could cause a lot of damage to your company financially, as well as to your company reputation. One of the most effective ways to prevent this is to allow safe remote access to a virtual desktop environment. And this is something we can help you set up, here at Creative Network.

Human errors can increase when working from home

Finally, it’s important to acknowledge that human error is the biggest risk factor for any business. Lack of password security for example leaves your company vulnerable to a whole host of cyber attacks and crime. When your staff are working from home, holding Video Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) conferences and meetings for example, they are likely to be talking about personal, confidential information, and maybe even financial details and information too. However, Zoom, and other free internet based video call options have proven time and again that they are not secure. This means that any cyber-criminal could be hidden online, listening in to your details. No to mention anyone who overhears you in person too. To reduce these risks. staff training is essential. But you should also make sure that your video conferences are completely safe. And this is something we can set up for you, here at Creative Network.

For more information or advice, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.