More people are working remotely than ever before. Many businesses had to make a huge shift in 2020. At the same time, cybercriminals used the shift to attack as many people as possible. They knew that with more people working at home, there would be a window when cyber security wasn’t a priority – and they were right.
Because businesses had their hands full getting their teams set up for remote work, IT security slipped through the cracks. Cybercriminals used their greatest tool to their advantage. That tool? Human error. Hackers sent out phishing emails and attacks at an unprecedented rate. Infosecurity Magazine reports that phishing attacks increased upwards of 30,000% over the last year!
This highlights the need for strong IT security for the remote workforce. Remote workers must be trained up on the latest cyberthreats, especially phishing scams. They also need serious endpoint security on their at-home devices (such as antivirus software and other malware protection). If you need them to access your network, security MUST be in place, and that includes the use of a VPN. usecure, Oct. 8, 2020
Before you turn your attention to the big goals you’ve set for your business in 2021, there’s one very important thing you need to do ASAP: a cyber security audit. You need to know where you and your business stand against today’s many cyberthreats. An IT security assessment will tell you how capable you are of withstanding or blocking data breaches, malware infections, and much more. When you know where the gaps are, you can fill them, giving your business the edge in 2021.
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