COVID-19 isn’t the only virus that has spread and mutated throughout the world over the last few years. With the shift to remote everything during the pandemic, cyberattacks have also been on a steep rise. Just one bad click is all it takes for ransomware to cascade throughout your organization. Recent polls among IT decisionmakers reveal that security threats have become a major challenge for businesses of all sizes. According to figures compiled by the Unit 42 security consulting group, the average ransomware payment has climbed 82 percent since 2020 to a record $570,000 during the first half of 2021.
Obviously, you want to do everything you can to prevent the downtime and expense of these cyberattacks. Once you’ve made sure all endpoint devices are secured (don’t forget your printing infrastructure), employee vigilance becomes your last line of defense. Why? Because hackers rely on an unsuspecting user to provide the click that starts the chain of events that leads to disaster. Here’s what typically happens:
You and the rest of your employees had to scramble when the pandemic sent people home to work remotely. In that rush, your first challenge was most likely making sure people could access their tools and data. Your next concern was probably security, especially with strict workplace device policies morphing to a mixture of company and personal devices. But in their urgency to get the work done, employees likely haven’t put your security procedures first. And all this work-from-anywhere multiplies the cybersecurity risks to your organization, ranging from phishing emails and iffy apps your employees may be using, to extremely disruptive and expensive ransomware attacks – all of which are on the rise.
Now it looks like remote work will be a permanent part of doing business. So if you haven’t taken the time yet to circle back on security – including performing basic endpoint hygiene and connectivity performance checks on computers and other endpoint devices – don’t wait any longer. Ask your person in charge of IT these three essential questions.
Remote workers are now the core of your organization’s productivity, and are your business’s allies in protecting your IT. Their devices can no longer exist at the fringes of your security plan – they are dead center and must be treated as such. The mixing of company and personal devices demands separate practices and elevated levels of control. This means much more than the basic antivirus and antispyware protection, it means multi-factor authentication (MFA) and onboard endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities.
Your remote workers should not only be aware of these new measures, but the tools and safeguards you use to attain and remain at a new level of endpoint and data security by deploying them. With the world rapidly – and permanently – changing, now is the time to partner with a solutions provider that lives and breathes security best practices.
Without considering these crucial questions, you can’t be sure each endpoint meets security policy requirements. Make sure you have the right tools to track and enforce policy on all devices and with employees everywhere, while delivering easy user onboarding and
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