As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, much of the world's workforce is restricted from going back to their workplaces in a bid to stop the coronavirus from spreading. We are now living in a world where millions of workers are now setting up a digital workplace.
Though remote work is nothing new, the number of work-from-home individuals has increased exponentially. Now the question is, how can we ensure that transition will be as secure as possible? How can remote workers ensure safety without the assistance of their companies' IT support?
Now that more people are working online, cyber criminals have enthusiastically started large-scale malicious attacks, commonly targeting people's sensitive information. For this reason, cybersecurity experts constantly warn remote workers to strengthen their existing security measures.
A new public alert issued by the cyber division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encouraged work-from-home employees to secure "devices being used to remote into work environments with the latest software patches and security configurations.
Software patches are indeed helpful when it comes to repelling malicious hackers. It's one solid piece of advice that people should not leave out.
Among the worst cyber attacks include account impersonation, malware, and phishing attacks. With the velocity of online communications, these threat vectors are almost near impossible to apprehend using the existing tools being used by business entities.
In terms of securing one's digital work setup at home, experts recommend making use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). AI-driven platforms have the capability to monitor every relevant digital endpoint constantly. Only an AI-driven platform can apply policies to every single message and post, via customizable policies. Modern digital risk protection demands the data aggregation, rapid data processing, and instantaneous execution powers of AI systems.
For companies that can supply their remote workers with an extra layer of security, a dedicated digital risk platform is the answer. The COVID-19 pandemic is still threatening every facet of life, so it is crucial that we learn to secure our digital workspace and execute a security system that focuses on threats and risks for enterprise information and the underlying IT systems processing them as they are implementing the full set of business processes.
Normalcy is out of our hands without a vaccine for COVID-19, at least for the time being, so it should be in our best interest to secure our digital workspace.