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As the coronavirus pandemic develops, working from home for non-key workers is no longer optional: it is compulsory. The transition to full-time home working was sudden, and for many workforces it is a new and unwelcome change.

Remote working presents many logistical issues for those companies that haven’t already bred it into their culture and, for many, the last few weeks have been a flurry of figuring out the right equipment, implementing collaboration software and generally learning to be indoors all the time.

But is compromised security also a consequence of coronavirus?

The media has published a lot of articles warning of increased cyberattacks during the coronavirus crisis. Organisation are falling victim to cyber attacks across the world: the US health department suffered an attack on its computer systems a few weeks ago (source: Bloomberg) and online bookmaker SBTech had its sites taken offline by hackers over the weekend (source: iGB). For SMBs, an Infrascale survey (cited by TechRepublic) ranks cyberattacks as the biggest data protection concern today.

Employee awareness is key for the safety and security of any business. Educate them regularly on what to look out for: particularly Covid-19 scams like spear phishing emails (what is this?). The NCSC (cited by information-age.com) advises that “home workers must be careful to spot phishing scams -especially those using coronavirus at the moment to seem legitimate”.

Businesses should give employees access to a virtual private network (VPN) so they can create a secure connection, and workers should be made aware of the risks of unsecure networks. Good password hygiene is also vital. Suggest that employees use a password manager to generate complex passwords and enable multi-factor authentication where possible.

While much of the current focus is around ensuring your employees are secure, it is important not to forget about the organisation itself. Businesses should lay groundwork for employees by implementing the right security solutions.

An all-in-one cloud solution like Microsoft 365 Business can offer all the necessary productivity tools to support employees working from home, fully supported by advanced security features and protection against real-world threats. Microsoft 365 Business offers increased security options such as:

  • ‘Secure Score’ checking to monitor and improve your business security
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Increased protection against malware in email
  • Spam filtering and anti-phishing enablement

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