Businesses are transitioning to full-time remote working in social distancing measures designed to slow the UK spread of Covid-19. While workers struggle with a ‘new normal’, cybercriminals are, unfortunately, doing what they always do best: capitalising on the situation. Here’s what your small business needs to know from the Coronavirus NCSC advice…
The shift to remote working exposes lots of businesses to cybersecurity challenges they’ve not previously had to deal with. There’s been a rise in reports of phishing, malware and ransomware attacks on small businesses as cybercriminals cash in.
The risk of devices being lost, stolen or damaged increases outside the office. Moving data around between personal and work devices, and using home wifi networks also add layers of risk.
Then there’s the stress everyone is working under. These are strange times we’re all having to adapt to. The vigilance your staff normally have might not be there now – so attacks that play on trust are gaining ground.
Lastly, there’s the risk of using new apps, browser add-ons and video chat to keep business moving, or to socialise on a work-related device. If you’re not careful, using apps – even apps registered in the App Store or Google Play – could give cybercriminals a foothold in your business.
The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre has issued urgent guidance to help prepare businesses for the surge in cybercrime. Here’s what they advise:
Whether or not your small business is new to remote working, it’s time to check your cybersecurity plans. Most cyberattacks are only successful because of human error, and you and your staff are probably facing stress at work and at home that will make you more vulnerable to the kinds of confidence tricks cybercriminals use. Keep cybersecurity part of the conversation – talk about the latest threats on team calls, share security alerts on Teams or Slack channels, and encourage your staff to tell you about any potential problems as early as possible. They’re your best line of defence.
We’re here, as always, to help. We can help you take your staff through simple training to strengthen their vigilance, as well as handle practical measures like upgrading system accesses to multi-factor authentication and handling VPNs and remote security monitoring. Contact us to find out more about what we’re doing to help our small business customers stay secure.