Maintaining Cybersecurity Vigilance with Remote Workforce

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Companies have had to respond quickly to the social distancing required to reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections.   To the extent possible, most of the workforce has now transitioned to working from home and we are all adapting to new environments and technologies.  We are relying more on e-mail and cloud-based communication services.  Our new working environments are ideal opportunities for bad actors to exploit and increased vigilance is necessary.  These cyber threat concerns are not new, but bear repeating as we navigate our new work environments.  

Vigilance with protecting information systems.    In our efforts to facilitate working from home solutions, we cannot lower our guard in defending against cyber threats.  Our new work environment means many more employees are connecting to their employer’s systems from home computers and personal devices.  These connections expose organizations and employees to increased security risks from opportunistic bad actors.    There are steps we can continue to take to minimize those risks.

Vigilance with unexpected or suspicious e-mail communications.  With many of us relying on emails to work remotely, we must be extra vigilant with cyber threats that can reach and disrupt our information systems through a single email. We need to stay aware of signs that indicate a threat and report those threats as we all share responsibility to maintain safe and secure systems.

As we all do our best to stay safe in these challenging times, with vigilance we can also ensure that our systems and information stay safe.

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