The Coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot, and it looks like we’re still seeing new effects from it on a global scale. Although there have been some silver linings here and there, the majority of those effects have been anything but positive. Various industries were hit hard, and some are still on a downward trend to this day. The tech sector was seen as relatively safe, especially given the fact that its workers could easily transition to a work-from-home setup faster than many others. But in the end, this is starting to prove to be a double-edged sword, with various issues cropping up on the horizon.
Security is perhaps the most notable area of concern, and many companies have recently opened up about the additional stress they’ve had to face in the circumstances brought on by the pandemic.
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Attacks Are Increasing in Frequency
Security specialists working for companies of all sizes have stated that attacks on their networks have been increasing in frequency. This seems to be particularly pronounced in areas like phishing and other attacks based on social engineering. Workers are constantly bombarded with spam through various channels, not just official company e-mails and IM platforms. This has raised some concerns in the industry, with experts pointing out that internal security solutions could potentially compromise companies even further.
Indeed, it does seem like some companies are not taking the issue that seriously, which only adds to its concerning nature. Some firms refuse to invest in proper outsourced security, relying on internal solutions. Or even worse, they leave it to their employees to handle their security on an individual basis.
The Ransomware Problem
Ransomware has been a very problematic issue, both for companies as well as individuals. We have observed cases targeting specific companies in very elaborate ways. Recently, for example, popular game developer CD Projekt Red, known for Cyberpunk 2077, was compromised by hackers who threatened to leak the source code to several of their games (and apparently proceeded to do so, though reports of this have not been officially confirmed).
While companies with a properly setup backup system can mitigate the risks associated with ransomware attacks that encrypt their hard drives, the same can’t be said for threats of leaks. For some companies, their entire value could be undermined when hackers leak internal data for their most popular products. In addition, there are things like employee and customer records, which can cause a lot of damage in the wrong hands.
Working from Home Is Becoming a Popular Trend
This is not something that will just go away on its own. The pandemic has opened the floodgates for home office adoption, and the industry is facing some permanent changes, even after the crisis is over. Many people have realised that they’re wasting too much time on their commutes, while companies have been exploring attractive cost-saving opportunities thanks to their reduced need for office space and other expenses. Some companies even offer remote work as a standard package now, and not as an exclusive bonus limited to people with a very specific set of skills.
With all that in mind, this is clearly something that business owners need to prepare for in the future. Those who are not offering home office opportunities are likely going to be forced to do that sooner or later. Those who enter this situation without being prepared with appropriate infrastructure and external contracts are going to face lots of issues. If you think that the current situation is bad, just wait until the market stabilises and companies start to drop their guards again. Hackers have been developing lots of new tactics in the current situation, and we’re undoubtedly going to see them tested on many targets in the coming months – and perhaps even years.
Company-owned devices have been one of the most important talking points in security circles with regards to the current situation. In many cases, security issues are created by the fact that a personal computer (or smartphone/tablet) is used for business tasks. This means that company assets are exposed to an environment that’s not specifically designed by a team of IT security experts. Even if the employees themselves are wise enough to avoid falling for the most common traps, it can’t be guaranteed in situations involving shared computers.
The use of VPNs and other connection securing methods has been encouraged, but it’s hardly enough to solve all of the issues the industry is facing right now. It can only work to block basic types of snooping, not an attack specifically targeting a company’s assets with a good understanding of their infrastructure. Still, it’s something that of course should never be ignored – it may be a minimal form of protection, but it’s still better than nothing.
Consulting a Specialist Early Is Crucial
If you want to ensure that your business can stay safe in the face of these growing threats, you need to work with a competent team of specialists to handle your security. This is no longer something you can do in-house. The size of your company doesn’t matter at all. The last year has shown us that small businesses are just as likely to be targeted as the biggest companies out there. All that matters is whether your networks hold any data that could be perceived as having value to someone. And in pretty much every case out there, the answer to that is an obvious “yes”.
We understand the current state of the security field better than anyone. We have worked with companies of all sizes and our extensive experience allows us to effortlessly create the best solution your business could use for staying protected. The sooner you contact us, the better your long-term prospects are going to be. This is ideally something you should set up while your business is still small, which will allow you to easily scale it up along with the company itself.
Get in touch with us today and let us guide you through all possible ways to address your current security concerns.