Cybercriminals Are Preying on Remote Workers
November 3, 2020
As remote work grows, cybercriminals are targeting unprotected at-home networks. Cybercriminals are infecting home computers that may not have the same safeguards employees use at their offices.
Weak or no home Wi-Fi passwords, laptops shared among family members, a lack of firewalls, and patchy use of VPNs are contributing to cybersecurity downfalls, Entrepreneur.com reports.
Ninety-one percent of global business respondents have reported a rise in cyberattacks since the pandemic started, according to a survey conducted by VMWare. Cybercriminals are exploiting the vulnerabilities of home networks. Ransomware and malware attacks are on the rise, according to the report.
The real estate industry has become a growing target of cybercriminals in recent years. Scammers try to insert themselves into transactions with erroneous information to get buyers to wire funds to the wrong account. Real estate pros’ email communications with clients have become particularly vulnerable.
To respond to the growing threats, companies are developing security plans for how to work more safely remotely and train their employees. For example, they’re ensuring that home workers have a secure network and a firewall, and are using a VPN when connecting to company systems. (Read: 5 Ways to Keep Your Remote Business Safe From Hackers.)
“How Working From Home Makes Businesses Easy Targets for Cybercriminals,” Entrepreneur.com (Nov. 2, 2020)
Updated: November 25, 2020