Reducing the Risk of Cybercrime Remotely

Reducing the Risk of Cybercrime Remotely

Due to the current global health crisis, we have seen a large surge in remote working. In fact, research carried out through comparison site Finder, revealed that around 60% of the UK’s adult workforce are working from home. Since the introduction of remote working, we have seen new risks emerging which pose a threat to a company’s cyber security. 

Now more than ever, the internet is at the centre of daily life. During the pandemic we have heard of Doctors sharing x-ray results over zoom, job interviews now being carried out via web chats and the weekly board meeting now being conducted fully through a video call.  It is evident that more people are relying on technology to aid remote working. With this newfound reliance, we have seen increased exposure to malicious content and when faced with this in a home environment, it may be harder to protect yourself and your business from falling prey to a cyber-attack. In March, City of London Police reported a 400% increase in scams as a result of coronavirus-related fraud, so it’s important to know the types of scams which are currently circulating and how best to avoid them.

Since the arrival of Covid-19 and remote working we have seen increased targeted campaigns concerning business tools and services involving identity theft and phishing scams. 

Identity theft involves the use of a person’s stolen details to commit fraudulent activity. An example of this could be a hacker infiltrating an employee’s email account to which they could access company’s sensitive data. A fraudulent act such as this could cost your company economic and reputational damage. This can be easily avoided by making sure you create strong passwords for your accounts and not to repeat these passwords for any other accounts you may have.  It’s also important to be reactive when it comes to receiving anything suspicious, even if it’s from a company you know well. If you are in doubt of anything you have received it could be helpful to consider the following:

  • Ask the sort of questions that only you and that company would know the answer to e.g. purchase orders. (Never give these out, always wait for a response)
  • Call the company back straight afterwards to double check that correspondence came from them genuinely. 

We have also seen an increase in Phishing Scams during the crisis, with fraudsters exploiting the virus. There has been a high volume of emails being sent out to workforces claiming the sender is the World Health Organisation asking the receiver to click on a link which alleges to be a PDF offering advice on how to stay safe during covid-19. These phishing emails then ask you to input your personal details allowing them to obtain sensitive information. It is important not to click on anything, or input any of your personal data from an unknown sender, even if they title themselves as a certain organisation, it could well be a scam. 

Whilst we understand the difficulty in finding the balance between business security and minimising disruption during the changing work environment, it’s always important to check with colleagues within your business, this could save you considerable damage. As providers of maintenance services and solutions, you may have heard us say “prevention is better than corrective action” once or twice, but we know now more than ever that this rings true. If you need any help with any preventative solutions, drop us a line, we are here to help and will assist you with any query you have. In the mean time, take a look below for some quick tips that could help you strengthen your cyber security:

  • Secure your WiFi network
  • Require individual user accounts for each employee
  • Use a firewall for added protection
  • Regularly change passwords and make them strong with symbols and numbers
  • Implement security monitoring to identify unexpected or suspicious activity  

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