Your Cyber Safe Remote Workplace

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

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused more Australians to work from home than ever before. 

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 our Cyber Security Management System here.

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The Australian Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reinforced that cyber security 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 cyber security practices.”.

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

Establishing A Cyber Safe Remote Workplace

In 2020, a Gartner, Inc. report highlighted that 88 per cent of organisations 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 cyber security to support their remote working plans2.

Our range of Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security Management Systems (CSMS) packages are designed to:

Support all cyber safe remote workplace models including:

Safeguard business and private computers from cyber attacks, 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 cyber safe 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 cyber security 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 Cyber Safe Remote Workspace Solutions enable employees to safely utilise 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 cyber security in the long term when employees return to the office.

Find out more about our Cyber Safe Remote Working Solutions and Cyber Security Management System.

Remote workplaces and increased risk of cyber attacks

An unfortunate reality of employees working from home is the increased risk of cyber attacks 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. This is due to the reduced level of cyber security that businesses and employees have when they work outside of the office environment.

The best form of defense against cyber attacks 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 cyber safe 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. 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. Implementing Application Hardening and application Control, along with employee training, will mitigate this risk.

3. Password vulnerability: as 61% of people use the same password 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 cyber security 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, cyber attacks are sometimes initiated by malicious insiders 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 Cyber Safe Remote Workplace today.