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What’s so scary about working from home? Facing the security risks

Ireland may be reopening but to comply with government guidelines thousands of workers will continue to work from home for some time to come. Many employers who were traditionally cautious of remote working have embraced the phenomenon. However evidence suggests they were right to be wary though not perhaps for the reasons they thought.

The IT risk posed by remote working

At home or work, the individual at the keyboard remains the weakest point in any technical system. Placing that person outside of their normal working conditions can lead them to do things they wouldn’t normally do from clicking on a suspect email to leaving a laptop unlocked. The defences of remote workers are not just psychologically lowered, home WiFi networks and personal devices are more susceptible to interference simply because they don’t have the same safeguards in place.

Exacerbated by the pandemic

In April, the National Cyber Security Centre issued a working from home advisory. They stated that while current cyber security challenges are not unique, there was considerable concern about “the speed and scale at which cyber criminals and state actors have adapted their operations to exploit the general public’s anxiety and vulnerabilities created by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Clearly the need for a robust security solution for remote workers has never been greater.

Adaptable security solution

When a business opts for Ripplecom’s Able Business Plan their remote workers enjoy secure access to central systems and secure connectivity to the Internet. The deployment of Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality means our customers can relax knowing that whether they are accessing a confidential file or checking their social media, a remote worker’s PC is as protected as it would be within the office walls. As well as applying the same security protocols wherever they are, remote workers’ devices are constantly kept up to date against ransomware, malware, viruses and phishing attacks.

Let’s do business

To learn more about securing your set up, email or chat to a member of our Business Team on 061 500250.

published on 10 June 2020