The outbreak of coronavirus has inevitably given a huge boost to a flexible way of working. But for organizations it is important to ensure that this does not adversely affect productivity and security. After all, you want to be able to guarantee that your employees can work at home as safely as they do within the walls of your company. But is that currently the case? These are the five ways in which COVID-19 can affect your IT security.
Hackers are incredibly skilled at taking advantage of people’s fears. This makes your employees more vulnerable to social engineering and scams than usual. For example, e-mails and SMSes are circulating with links to ‘information’ about fake vaccines and the ultimate face masks. But, to access this the recipient must, of course, first give their personal details.
Your employees must, of course, be able to log on to the company network so that they can easily access all their applications and data. But how secure and well-configured are the systems and environments from which they log in?
Because you have no insight into the technological home situation of your employees, you have less control and insight into the protection of your IT systems. For example, there are many families where the router can still be accessed with the standard password. This is a sure invitation for hackers to break in via the home network, with your company network being just a short step away.
Although the reports from China and Italy sounded as a sure warning, the call from the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the beginning of March to work from home as much as possible came as a surprise. In response, many companies then rushed to implement remote access systems. And as we all know, haste makes waste.
More or less related to the previous point, it is possible that your organization has had to deal with insufficient infrastructural capacity. That this can lead to frustrated employees with nothing to do is one thing. But before you know it, they’re sending that important message via WhatsApp including some of your oh-so-sensitive company information.
Now that the dust raised by the lockdown is slowly starting to settle, there is a clear need for optimization. All these virtual emergency workplaces now need to be made future-proof. Now is the time to create structural quality and efficiency. As my colleague Chris van Werkhoven wrote in his previous blog: no organization can be made completely corona-proof, but corona-ready should still be the new standard.
If you’d like to find out more or if you’re looking for someone who can help you with setting up and managing your corona-ready modern workplace and who can ensure that your employees can work anytime and anywhere from any device, while ensuring safety and efficiency, please get in touch – we’d be delighted to help you.
Leo van der Mee, IT Architect and Business Development Consultant