How to Keep Your Business Data Secure Outside of your usual Workplace
Before Covid-19 cybersecurity experts would see attempted malware attacks on our data maybe twenty or thirty times a day. Since Covid-19, that’s risen – and sharply. In the space of just seven hours one firm – ESET – recorded 2,500 in under 7 hours as reported in Forbes. Cybercriminals, clearly more used to working from home than the majority of us, are keen to make the most of the opportunities our new working environments present. So Candice Pressinger, Elavon Europe’s Director of Customer Data Security, has some tips on how to keep your valuable data safe when operating your business outside your usual workplace:
Data Leakage and Loss
Data leakage and data loss: The risk isn’t just processing data right now – but also in the future. When this crisis is over, will you recall all the places you’ve saved data?
• If you’re working away from your usual workplace it’s more important than ever to make regular backups.
• It’s vital those back-ups are encrypted and stored somewhere requiring two-factor authentication (2FA) to access.
• Cloud storage or centralised storage that’s remotely accessible is preferable – such as Office 365 SharePoint.
• DropBox or GoogleDocs are options, but access controls should be applied for greatest protection.
Beware of Phishing Attacks
Fraudsters are making the most of people’s fears and concerns right now and ramping up the number of phishing emails – don’t click! Some of these include messages pretending to be from the World Health Organisation with life-saving advice or the government offering tax refunds during the pandemic.
Insecure Home WiFi Networks
Bet when you installed your home WiFi you weren’t expecting to run your business using it? So make sure you are using WPA2 and that your networks are password-protected. Make sure you’re not still set-up with the default admin username and password! Even better would be to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) where you can to connect between your home and business.
Risk to Business Devices
Our mobile phones, laptops, tablets and the like are all potential weak spots in our security armour – ripe for unauthorised use or misuse. So make sure they are password protected, and – as ever - don’t share the password with anyone.
Software and Hardware Vulnerabilities
Malwares and online threats are constantly evolving and growing ever more sophisticated, but so too is the protection against them. However, it only works if you keep your software and hardware updated. So make sure you’re allowing for security updates – OS patches/updates, anti-virus updates, updates to software.