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Working from home has always been a sort-after thing for the workforce of many companies. But during these unprecedented times, most businesses being exposed to new forms of cybersecurity risks that try to take advantage of while the staff works from home. That’s why it’s more important than ever that you start to think about your home office security.

Working from home presents a number of security challenges which both employees and employers should be aware of. To successfully handle remote working amidst COVID-19, it is really important to keep in mind the rising cybersecurity risks. In order to keep your work and company data secure, ensure that you’re not compromising the privacy of yourself or your organization.

In this article, let us together understand what is cybersecurity. We will then move on to cybersecurity risks and tips while working from home. Let’s get going.

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What is cybersecurity and why is essential now more than ever before?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information or interrupting normal business processes.

Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is very challenging today because there are more devices than staff in an organisation or in general. Attackers on the other hand are becoming innovative and finding out newer ways to hack systems. In the current times when a lot of people continue to work from home, it is essential to have a clear policy around cybersecurity for businesses. So, why is cybersecurity important now more than ever before? Let us see.

1. Hackers are getting smarter

It is seen recently that the hackers keep changing their tactics. Companies should keep up to date on the latest security threats and have a clear cut cybersecurity policy in place to tackle the potential threats.

2. The sphere of internet of things keeps expanding

There is an increased number of gadgets linked to the internet. this make the role of IoT even bigger.Most cyber criminals keep identifying multiple attaack fronts via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

3. Working from home has led to an increasing number of attacks

With the world switching to remote working, the number of cyber-attacks being reported is going up every single day. Using an insecure internet connection or using your personal device can lead to a higher number of cyber attacks.

4. More personal information is shared online

With unlimited internet access 24×7, we share more information than intended online via apps. The apps request personal data, and these become hackers’ prime targets putting everyone at risk.

What are the cybersecurity risks that businesses face while working from home?

While working from home has its benefits, one of the biggest challenges it presents is cybersecurity concerns. Businesses face remote cybersecurity issues like protection of data, networking challenges, and issues with cloud computing. 

Remote work is not limited to work from home during COVID19. Employees will work from different locations using the freedom that comes with remote working. Thus, organizations need to focus on remote cybersecurity rather than simply addressing working from home issues in cybersecurity.

Let us see the biggest cybersecurity risks and threats while working remotely:

1. Insecure internet connections

Insecure networks are one of the major cybersecurity concerns. Remote work gives employees the ability to work using public Wifi or connections with weak security layers. Employees are likely to be accessing their corporate accounts using unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Since employees share confidential information, hackers, and users with malicious intent can spy and steal that data. Cybercriminals can easily hack into the networks and intercept the information. Unsecured networks increase employee security issues by manifolds.

Related article: Is your internet connection secure to work from home?

2. Personal devices are more susceptible to risk


Many people who work remotely, end up using their personal devices. Using your device can lead to an increase in the volume of cyberattacks. When it comes to the security of devices and with that, ensuring information security, companies should, at the very minimum, impose strict rules to ensure that personal devices are password protected (in this regard, a password policy is strongly recommended) and should require that anti-virus software be installed.

Related article: Cybersecurity threats and personal devices: Big concern when working remotely

3. Using insecure passwords

Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should maintain strong passwords for all accounts on your computer.

Ineffective or incomplete password management systems continued to affect businesses with cybersecurity risks due to the sudden shift to remote working. Improving password management should be a priority.

5 Cybersecurity tips for working from home

With the highlighted risks above, it is essential to know cybersecurity tips for working from home.

1. Be prompt with your software updates

Be sure to install the latest software as soon as possible. Software updates (including those for antivirus programs) fix security flaws and help safeguard your data.

2. Keep the VPN up and running

If you’re using company VPN on one of your devices, don’t turn it off when you’re working. Otherwise, you’ll lose a tool that could block an attempt to steal sensitive company data.

A VPN keeps information secure and prevents cyber attacks.

3. Keep an eye on phishing emails


You receive an email that seems to be from your company about a new employee joining the organisation. But the email could actually be part of a phishing scam. The email includes an attachment or embedded link that the scammer wants you to click on. That click could unleash malware onto your device. Therefore, beware and do not click on links until you’re extremely sure about it.

4. Strengthen the passwords

Your devices should require entering a password before anyone can use them. Your Wi-Fi network and router, which connects your internet-enabled wireless and wired devices, also should be password-protected. This becomes even more essential when you are working from home. If you have a strong WiFi password, it will be difficult for hackers to enter your space.

5. Consider using 2-factor authentication

As hackers look to target less tech-savvy users that are new to working at home, two-factor authentication stops hackers in their tracks. In the present times when most employees are working on unsecured home and public networks, having two-factor authentication means protecting the data but also ensuring hackers are kept at bay.

Related article: Tips to prevent phishing attacks that have increased with remote working

What to we learn from recent cyberattacks?

What to we learn from recent cyberattacks

Have a solid security baseline, in which you ensure the most obvious risks are addressed early. There are a few lessons you should keep in mind and apply to keep cyber attacks at bay.

1. No system is safe

Don’t be complacent — limit Internet access points with silos.

2. Keep testing your infrastructure

Attackers will be looking for misconfigurations or flaws that offer access — it’s up to you to find those entry points first.

3. Train and educate your staff

It is very important to educate employees to always be vigilant and raising awareness of potential threats.

4. Stay up-to-date

Concerns that new operating systems or software updates might destabilize crucial infrastructure can inhibit the best practice of always updating.

Related article: 5 BIG lessons recent cyber attacks teach us

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