Broker Check

How Cyber Crime Affects Remote Working

August 17, 2020
Share |

Specialist security firm Specops Software has surveyed 2,043 business owners in 11 different sectors. As reported in the Cyber Security Intelligence website, 41% of employees  have not been given adequate cyber security training for working from home. 54% of business owners have seen a rise in cyber crime; despite this 52% would consider remote working on a permanent basis.

Increases in cyber crime since lockdown vary significantly by sector. The highest increases are computer and IT, 78%; medical and health, 73%; and accounting and banking, 67%. The three lowest increases are in creative arts, education and travel/hospitality sectors, all of which have been severely curtailed by the pandemic.

The biggest security concerns were ransomware at 96%, followed by cryprtojacking and phishing at 74% and 67% respectively.

Since remote working will continue for the forseeable future, Specops has safety advice for remote workers:

  1. Use tools that can check current passwords against breaches.
  2. Use "passphrases" - random words - as a substitute for easily breached passwords.
  3. Make sure to verify identities in service desk call to counter social engineering attacks (this is a good strategy to verify any response to an unsolicited message).
  4. Encrypt all devices using company data.
  5. Back up all critical data securely.