Cybersafe Remote Working During Coronavirus

Our Cybersecurity Management Systems support businesses transition from the physical office space to a cybersafe remote workplace securely, affordably and with minimal impact to operational output.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, Australians begin working more from home.

Businesses will need to ensure both their employees and business data are protected from the increased risk of cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an escalation of cyber-crime with hackers attacking vulnerable remote connections, targeting innocent employees via spam emails, and even hacking into communications tools such as Zoom.

To support your cyber safe remote workplace, we can work directly with you or your in-house/ contracted IT team to establish a cybersecurity system that works for your current situation.

Read more about our remote working solutions for private computer and/or business computer use. Or see all our packages here.

The Australian Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reinforced that Cybersecurity is essential when preparing for COVID-19 stating that “as more staff may work from home, and the use of remote access technology increases, adversaries may attempt to take advantage. ASD’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) encourages Australians to remain vigilant and ensure sound cybersecurity practices.”.

Not sure which option is best for you? Contact us now and we can support you to decide.

Establishing A Cybersafe Remote Workplace

A new report highlights that 88 per cent of organisations have encouraged or required employees to work from home due to coronavirus.

The traditional working environment is changing rapidly from the office to remote working.

This has left many Australian businesses asking: how will our workplace function if employees must self-isolate or the office needs to close immediately?

We know there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to establishing a cyber-safe remote workplace. However, with the increased risk of cyber-attacks on remote workers1, the Australian Government has stated that it is essential for all businesses to implement cybersecurity to support their remote working plans2.

Our range of Cybersecurity Management Systems (CSMS) is designed to suit individual business needs, and support companies both in the office and during remote working. Discover which option is best for your business and establish your cyber safe remote workplace today.

Our Cybersecurity Management Systems (CSMS) packages are designed to:

Support all cybersafe remote workplace models including:

Safeguard business and private computers from cyber-attack, particularly considering the company may be at its most vulnerable

Ensure mitigation strategies and daily back up are in place for unforeseen cyber-attacks and data loss

Establish remote communication systems so clients can still contact the business

Build employee training and processes so all employees can practice cybersafe practices, thus reducing the overall risk of a successful attack

Our CSMS packages range from basic protection for low-cyber-risk businesses, up to premium protection for high-cyber-risk businesses. Determine your needs now by completing our survey.

For workplaces that have existing, or new, business computers, the ACSC Essential 8 cybersecurity recommendations are designed to protect businesses in both the office environment and in remote working situations.

For businesses that can’t provide all employees with business computers to take home, we have you covered too. Our Private Computers Cybersafe Remote Workspace Solutions enable employees to safely utilize their own private devices to continue their daily operations.

Whilst the prospect of transitioning an office to a remote workspace may be overwhelming for some business owners, it’s good to know the systems required to establish a remote workplace can also improve your overall productivity and cybersecurity in the long term when employees return to the office.

Find out more about our Cybersafe Remote Working Solutions and Cybersecurity Management System.

Remote workplaces and increased risk of cyberattacks

An unfortunate reality of employees working from home is the increased risk of cyberattacks on businesses. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning that businesses who are implementing remote workplaces will become more vulnerable to attacks.4 This is due to the reduced level of cybersecurity that businesses and employees have when they work outside of the office environment.

The best form of defense against cyberattacks is implementing the ACSC Essential 8 strategies which aim to mitigate risks of attacks, as well as reduce the extent of damage caused. In addition to these strategies, employee training is crucial to ensure all remote workers abide by cybersafe practices. We have listed the top 5 cyber risks for remote working.

1. Coronavirus phishing emails: hackers posing as authorities, such as government or multinational organisations, are taking advantage of business anxiety. In the UK, victims have already been scammed out of AUD$1.6 million due to Coronavirus scams.5 To mitigate this risk, ensure you inform your employees about safe email protocols. Further, implementing the ACSC Essential 8 strategies will dramatically reduce the threat – even if an employee accidentally opens a spam email.

2. Fake Coronavirus websites: with people searching for information online, there has been a dramatic increase in fake websites designed to trick victims into downloading malware.6 Implementing Application Hardening and application Control, along with employee training, will mitigate this risk.

3. Password vulnerability: as 61% of people use the same password7 for a wide range of logins, this hacking strategy becomes even more vulnerable for people working remotely on their private devices. Multi-Factor Authentication and employee training can stop hackers from leveraging stolen passwords and protect company data.

4. Session hijacking: this is when a hacker manages to substitute its own IP address for a client’s IP address, resulting in the hacker becoming the ‘middle-man’ between the client and the network server. When working from home, computers without the right cybersecurity protections can become more vulnerable and thus, it is easier for hackers to take control. Implementing Next-Generation Antivirus systems can reduce the likelihood of an attack.

5. Internal hackers: Unfortunately, 34% of all cyberattacks are instigated by malicious insiders8 and remote working means there are more opportunities for this to occur. Ensuring Restrictive Administration Privileges, as well as employee training, are the best ways to protect against internal threats.

 

Find out more about implementing your Cybersafe Remote Workplace today.