Working from home has become the new norm for many people since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and largely, it’s been successful. Businesses are even re-evaluating their current business layout, with big players like Twitter who will allow their employees to work from home ‘forever’.
With this, comes the ever-increasing challenge of cyber security. IT departments across the world have been under pressure to upgrade their systems in order to support the demands of people now working from home. Along with the huge strain on systems, the invisible risks of hacking and phishing are now commonplace.
Clicking untrustworthy links is one of the more common ways that people open themselves up to a cyber-attack. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported that coronavirus-themed domains are 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains, this poses a big threat as everyone strives to keep up to date with the latest information - so make sure to only click on trustworthy links, and that you check an email sender actually matches the email address it’s coming from.
The devices you use are also essential in safeguarding yourselves and the business from a cyber-attack. Make sure to only use computers that have been authorised by your IT department with VPN to access any e-mails/work related documents as your personal devices could contain malicious malware which could compromise security.
It’s important as a business to keep employees up to date with any incidents or issues with security, the more people that are aware, the less likely it will be for someone to become victim of an attack.
Transparency is the best way forward in these unprecedented times and taking simple steps to promote safe working is essential for all employees throughout the business.
At UnitBirwelco, we are implementing Cyber Essentials to help with the IT security of our business.
We are constantly reviewing our practices and keeping staff up to date with cyber safety.