How to Improve End-User Security While Working Offsite

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

COVID has changed many things. The way we interact, the way we speak, and for the better or worse, the way we work. Many businesses were forced to quickly adapt to the work-while-offsite model, while there are many benefits from this employees and employers need to consider longer, possibly permanent remote or hybrid offsite models.

Cybercrimes continue to rise at an alarming rate.

  • Increased 11-Fold After Covid-19 Was Declared

  • Between May 2020 and May 2021, the FBI saw complaints about cybercrime jump by 1 million.

  • In 2020, the FBI collected data for 791,790 suspected Internet crimes, an increase of more than 300,000 compared to 2019. The top three crimes were "phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion." The FBI says losses related to those crimes totaled more than $4.2 billion.

  • In April 2020, FBI officials said they were receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybercrime complaints each day — up from 1,000 daily complaints before the COVID-19 pandemic, In 2021, "almost six ransomware attacks will occur every minute" — ransomware recovery costs are expected to surpass $20 billion.

Today’s cybercriminals are smart and sneaky. They target their victims and use cryptocurrency to avoid being traced by the authorities. They are aware of the lack of security between business defenses and less secure remote networks, allowing those criminals an easier entry into your business.

Here are some BEST & PROVEN SAFE steps every business needs to take to manage the WORK-WHILE-OFFSITE risks.

2FA (2 Factor Authentication): "What would happen if your password was compromised?” It takes just one click on a bad link to unknowingly share your credentials with a bad actor. This would create a domino effect of compromised accounts through your business. In the aftermath, data can be stolen, bank accounts emptied … the list goes on. With 2-factor authentication (2FA) you can avoid these headaches knowing your account is safe. 2FA is an extra layer of security to prevent unauthorized access to your account. It protects your business from digital threats by determining that you are who you say you are, and not just someone using a compromised password. After you sign in with your password, you will verify your identity with a mobile device.

Password Management: The number one risk facing a business when it comes to cyber-attacks is the human element. From leaving passwords written down on sticky notes placed under keyboards, a scratchpad of passwords in the pullout drawer, or to using simple passwords like password123 or 7654321, end-users seem to do their best to avoid security. Key benefits of using a password manager include:

  • Creating new passwords for you

  • Showing how strong your passwords are

  • Storing information such as PIN codes and membership IDs

  • Sharing passwords with others

  • Filling out addresses and credit card forms

  • Convenience – No more forgotten or mistyped passwords

  • Time saved – Instantly log in to websites

  • Stronger security – Long passwords that you don't have to remember

Managed End Point Anti-Virus / Malware Protection: Anti-virus software alone lacks real-time protection and immediate remedy solutions in the event of a cyber-attack. In today’s environment, it’s not enough to secure a business. Bad actors exploit advanced techniques that allow them to gain access while deliberately sitting idle to hide from weak anti-virus solutions. Without a proactive approach to scanning files hourly, your business is at risk. Our cybersecurity solution provides these additional measures of protection, which are fully managed 24/7 and designed to proactively prevent and mediate cyber threats prior to a major breakout.

  • Attack prevention – technologies and machine-learning models to identify and stop attacks prior to detection.

  • Advanced threat intelligence built-in – threat research from the front lines, collaborating with law enforcement and academia

  • Unified endpoint security and analytics – across endpoints and hybrid workloads with easy administration

  • Experts you can hold accountable – 24x7 security operations with pre-defined response playbooks

Take Actions to Protect Your Business or Talk to Your Boss Today

At Ambit, we help every business perform a cyber health check, identify and repair all the weak spots and establish a long-term cyber health plan. Contact us today for your free consultation. We look forward to serving you and making sure you and your businesses get the cyber protection that you deserve.

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