Safer Internet Day could not be more important this year. As you are all aware, we’ve had to spend more time indoors than we typically would have. Even my homebody-self is desperate for an outing with a group of friends, and to get on a plane and travel across international waters again.
The pandemic brought on many challenges for people, including for us folks in the security industry. Why? If it’s trending, cybercriminals see it as an opportunity to attack. It’s one of the reasons why Zoom’s security came under such scrutiny in 2020. Millions of people flocked to Zoom to keep in touch with friends and family, attend workout classes, happy hours, and whatnot. This was great for the company’s revenue, but cybercriminals went poking around the platform (eg. Zoom bombings) and many of the platform’s security holes were exposed.
Zoom wasn’t the only one fighting to keep up with constant changes and new cyberthreats. Businesses of all sizes scrambled to quickly transition employees from working in one, or a few, central locations to being spread out across thousands of miles. For us on the front end, it might not seem like a complicated process, but there is a lot to consider when employees work remotely. From managing and monitoring software and collaboration tools, ensuring VPN solutions are up to date, keeping employees aware of COVID-19 related cyberscams, to establishing a device use policy. Not to mention, IT managers cannot control the safety of every employees’ home network and the integrity of their personal devices.
Now, before you get overwhelmed with all the cyberthreat-talk, check out the links below for helpful resources to stay help you *thrive* in your digital life.
Resources for businesses
- 10 things to keep in mind when working remotely to avoid a cyber-mishap
- The free anti-ransomware tool every business needs
- How to provide the best cybersecurity awareness training to employees
- What to consider when instructing employees to work from home
- How to know what level of endpoint protection you need
Resources for everyone else
- The ultimate digital life survival guide
- Control the state of your privacy online
- 10 technical tips to help teachers make remote learning as convenient as possible
- 10 things everyone who works remotely needs to know
- How to keep your parents secure, technologically speaking
- 5 ways to improve your home Wi-Fi
- How to stay sane when you’re working from home in this semiquarantine state
- How to: video calls like a pro