Remote Work Spurs New Cyber Security Threats

April 16, 2020

Remote Work Spurs New Cyber Security Threats

By Chris Brunau

As companies and employees are getting more familiar with remote work, new threats are continuing to make headlines. Recently, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint alert regarding the increase in cyber attacks related to the global health crisis

Malware Attacks Increase

According to new research, the frequency of malware attacks has tripled since the global health crisis has forced companies to turn to remote work. Researchers say home office networks are 3.5 times more likely than corporate networks to be infected by malware. These risks open up corporate assets, that typically sit behind a company firewall, to a world of network threats prevalent on residential networks.

Therefore, it is imperative for companies and users to understand the steps they need to take today to protect themselves from possible threats. Recently, Datto CISO, Ryan Weeks highlighted a variety of tips to make remote working more secure.

Zoom Vulnerabilities

While applications like Zoom have made work collaboration easier and even allowed many to connect with family while adhering to social distancing, there have been some drawbacks for groups of users.

The threat of Zoombombing led many schools to ban Zoom in favor of other applications. The FBI offered some advice, including password protecting meetings to avoid intruding users from gaining access to virtual meetings.

Additionally, cyber security researchers were able to obtain credentials for more than 500,000 Zoom accounts on the dark web. According to the researchers, this doesn’t necessarily mean Zoom was hacked, but the data was compromised at some point. However, this is a great reminder to ensure you are following good guidelines when making passwords by using complex, not easily guessed passwords and avoiding using the same password across multiple accounts.

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More than ever, SMBs will turn to their MSPs for guidance to help them navigate these uncertain times and avoid evolving threats. Throughout this time, Datto is here to help keep the MSP community informed, connected, and strong. Follow our Help Center for the latest resources and information.

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