Protecting Remote Workers from Cyber Attacks

Protecting Remote Workers from Cyber Attacks

With record numbers of employees being asked to work remotely, it's vital to ensure your business is protected from cyber attacks. Paul Callaghan of CyberInsurer shares his advice

By Paul Callaghan

The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of new challenges for SMEs, one of the most significant of which has been moving operations from offices to the spare rooms and kitchen tables of employees. But few corporate computer systems were designed to manage such a large remote workforce. With so many people now working from home, cyber criminals have found new ways to attack businesses, particularly given that homes don’t have the same built-in security protocols as offices.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently issued a warning about cyber criminals actively exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to target the general public and businesses. The NCSC was particularly concerned about the speed and scale at which criminals were using tactics such as phishing, social engineering and remote access. 

Cyber Challenges

Coronavirus-related attacks come at a time of increasing cybercrime with recent research from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport showing that:

How to protect your business

There are several steps you can take to protect your business against cyberattacks during the pandemic:

1. Adapting to new software

2. Physical & technological access

3. Review & communicate

4. Consider insurance

About the Author

Paul Callaghan is the founder of Cyber Insurer UK, a specialist insurance broker for UK businesses to help protect them against the threat of cyber attacks and data breaches. Cyber Insurer simplifies business insurance for startups, micro businesses & SMEs.