Q6. How does #workfromhome increase my risk of #cyberattack?

How does #workfromhome increase my risk of #cyberattack? (Q6 from #GCAchat 21 May 2020)

(@SBRC_Scotland) When working from home you don’t benefit from having IT protecting your network with specialised tools and professional oversight. As a result it’ll be on you to look after your systems and keep them up to date.

(@EMEA_GCA) The problem is lack of preparedness. This crisis has been so fast that some people have been sent home with computers that can’t be updated remotely or even without corporate computers at all. A lot of today’s #WorkFromHome is being done from unpatched personal computers

(@Cyber_Readiness) Response: When you are working from home, you need to make sure you have set your devices to auto update - this means that any time a patch is issued, your device will automatically apply it.

(@Tech4GS) Response: Simply, the systems deployed by your company are not deployed to your home. Your home networks, routers, modems, and computers do not have the same levels of security your workplace would have.

Companies will adapt—but so will the criminals who are targeting you!

Here is a more detailed dive from @securityblvd into the risks of more people shifting to #WorkFromHome

Criminals depend on the distracted or inattentive consumer. To stay ahead, you don’t need to be an expert—do the basics, like keeping your systems updated, turning your MFA, and watching for spearfishing.

On the corporate, local, state, and federal side, “do routine things routinely.” That means not ignoring updates on your machine and restarting when it tell you to.

Don’t think you’re immune. Don’t be naive to think it won’t be you, your business, your city.

(@cybersupportnet) Response: Working from home increases your risk of #cyberattack in many ways – Using personal or shared devices, switching to video conferencing, etc. Check out our #WFH resource page: Resources for Remote Work and Small Businesses - Cybercrime Support Network