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Home Workers Bringing Rapid Growth in Cyberattacks on Businesses

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced large numbers of workers to start working from home, and in so doing has triggered a rapid rise in cybercrime. Home workers are far more vulnerable to attacks of various kinds, and by attacking them, cybercriminals can gain access to your corporate resources. Once they have access, ransomware or data theft can become a serious threat to your business.

Companies falling victim to rising ransomware attacks (August 19, 2020)

Cyberattacks are far from rare, but they saw an unprecedented spike in 2020. Large-scale attacks are up 273% in the first quarter of 2020, with ransomware rising by 90%.

This spike in cybercrime is most likely due to cybersecurity challenges amid the ongoing pandemic. The Sapiens cyberattack came as hundreds of its employees moved to remote work, creating new vulnerabilities. Companies have to reconfigure their security to work on employees’ personal devices on their home networks, which can create an opportunity for hackers.

Even if a company handles the shift to remote work well, there’s still the human element to consider. With all the confusion surrounding COVID-19, people may be more likely to click on any email or link that promises answers or support. Most ransomware comes from phishing emails like this, so panicked people are much more vulnerable.

If your business has home workers there are five critical steps you need to take to ensure they don’t endanger your entire business. To learn more, click here for PCG’s white paper on protecting a business with home workers.