The COVID-19 pandemic has created a flood of new remote workers, producing the perfect storm for businesses and employees around data security. According to Owl Labs, 31 percent of companies indicate that COVID-19 triggered a work-from-home policy for the first time, and only 23 percent of employees say their company had work-from-home protocols in place to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak. An increase of information being shared through home networks — and the ever-blurring lines between personal and work devices and environments — means sensitive personal and business information is more vulnerable than ever with an influx of coronavirus scams targeting consumers and employees.
Cyberthieves are tuned in, and they are taking advantage. In fact, there has been a 350% increase in active phishing websites this year alone. Scammers are using today’s unstable environment to their advantage, layering coronavirus themes into their tried and true methods to steal data and fool their victims — hook, line, and sinker. What’s even more telling, 80% of scam emails are using COVID-19 messages, and there were over 300,000 new suspicious COVID-19 websites created over a two week period in March.
6 Tips to Protect Your Remote Workers
As with any change, communication and education are critical. Here are six key steps you can take to help fuel your remote workforce’s success:
- Develop or update your Work-from-Home policy, specific to secure network connections, use of business equipment for business-only purposes, and data access
- Create policies that require strong passwords and provide clear guidance for employees on what to do if their devices are lost or stolen
- Educate employees on cybersecurity best practices on how to protect themselves from business email compromise schemes and other vishing scams and phishing tactics tied to coronavirus and other topics
- Provide mobile threat protection for your employees
- Deploy online PC protection tools to actively protect from malware
- Require employees to transfer and backup files using company-approved, secure means, including cloud storage with proper security protocols activated
For additional tips to secure, protect, and preserve the well-being of your work-from-home employees, we’ve created an informative infographic providing:
- Top COVID-19 Scams
- Tips for Employers for Remote Workforce Success
- Tips for Employers to Fuel Open Communication & Collaboration
- Top 10 Work-from Home Security Tips for Employees
- Employee Wellness Best Practices for Working Remotely
We’re Here to Help
As the industry leader in Identity Theft Protection, we are dedicated to helping businesses, employees, and consumers protect themselves against the latest coronavirus scams and fraud during these unprecedented times.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to learn more about how we can help you protect all that you’ve built.