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Cyber Security Threat of Employees Working from Home
As the workplace has changed throughout 2020-2021 employees and employers have been given a challenge of adapting to a remote workforce. One of the most important challenges for any business with a remote workforce is to ensure that your networks security defenses are top-notch. As employees may have potential access to the businesses network remotely, this poses some new obstacles for your business. ICS is here to help your business adapt to a remote workforce network environment that is secure and able to defend against potential cyber threats.
Cyber Threat & Security Awareness among Remote Workers
Employees are the lifeblood of many small businesses around America and as they are adapting to a remote workforce, cyber security becomes the biggest internal threat of this adaptation.
Those working from home may have limited training when it comes to ensuring that they take practical steps to avoid major network breaches while working remotely. One of these major threats may be as simple as malware from opening an email. ICS is dedicated to bolstering your network to ensure such threats are monitored, deterred, and prevented. Malware contained in emails is a common threat for any network, but during the transitionary period to a remote workforce, even this might be overlooked for many small businesses.
To prevent these incidents, ensuring that new employees and current employees are properly trained to be aware of common cyber threats, and to use security tools that belong to your business.
Multi-Factor Authentication for All Business Accounts
While multi-factor authentication (MFA) is quite common, it may be overlooked when it comes to remote workers that may be trying to access work emails from their phone or in a hurry without taking proper security-steps. Remote users offer greater risk when they are using outside networks to connect to your businesses network. MFA works to verify the identity of remote users with verification codes, or security questions. To provide an additional safeguard for remote users, small businesses also deploy a password expiration policy which requires all user account password to be regularly updated, preventing potential compromised user accounts from accessing the network freely.
Compromised remote user accounts is the great risk for a small businesses data and network infrastructure.
Compromised Remote Users
Compromised remote users usually entails a cyber threat which has infected or attacked a user account, and the network failed to prevent and detect the threat. In most cases, these types of user accounts are from remote workers who have usually encountered malware via their personal device, which was then used to access the user account necessary to login to the businesses network. Remote workers also tend to download files, and some of those files may also contain malware, doing the same damage.
To defend against malware and other threats that can penetrate remote user accounts, ICS recommends using our Managed IT Services. Our experts will monitor, detect, and prevent infected users from accessing your network and to defend against other external threats. Contact us today for network security solutions and management.
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