Cybersecurity Check for the Returning Workforce

As the workforce returns to the office, businesses should be aware of added cybersecurity risks that may compromise your data. Risks include the introduction of malware that can gain access to sensitive company information and employees who may not be practicing security protocols already in place. Here are 4 common vulnerabilities to consider: the use and security of personal devices, download of unapproved personal applications, human error, and missing security updates.

Personal Devices

The pandemic came on so fast, that not all businesses were prepared to work remotely. Because of this, there has been a sharp increase in people using their personal devices for work. Malware can be introduced in a variety of ways including your cell phone, laptop, a USB device, or other peripheral device.If these devices are compromised and plugged into your network, it could put your company’s information at risk

Personal Applications

It is challenging to keep your employees from using work devices for personal use. This includes downloading unapproved or unknown apps onto work equipment or uncontrolled access to work devices containing sensitive information. With the increasing popularity of social media and browsing online, these actions can increase exposure to malware and phishing attacks.

Human Error

Human error is the number one cause of cyber security incidents. Phishing, unknowingly violating security practices, failing to implement security processes already in place, and information leaks are all examples of how human error can open your business up for cybersecurity risks. Company cybersecurity policies should be reviewed when employees return to the office.

Re-utilizing Offline Systems

Many businesses have systems that were not utilized or unattended for a long period of time, security updates and patches may have been missed. Systems that were left online and unmonitored may have been made vulnerable to hackers who are patiently waiting your return to implement malware on your network. Systems should be updated with the most recent security updates and checked for suspicious activity.

For more information or to learn how SimcoHR can help your business with risk management, contact us.