Cyber security in the age of teleworking…

In this period of serious global health crisis, the risks of cyber-attacks have increased in a more worrying way. Hence it is important to ensure the necessary security of one’s data system. Vigilance is essential, particularly at a time when telework is becoming the rule, or almost the rule. 

This being said, cybersecurity should in principle become the top priority for companies as well as for all other organisations concerned about the integrity of their processes.

This issue was the subject of a webinar whose objective was to examine the good practices that should be adopted in the face of cyber-risks and the need to raise awareness among employees. It also highlighted the various issues related to computer security in the era of teleworking, a process that is in full swing both in Morocco and the rest of the world.

In such a context, it is important to note that data is a security issue for companies:

”Working habits have changed considerably in recent years.With the rapid evolution of the web and especially very high speed broadband for individuals, the success of ever more powerful smartphones, the cloud and collaborative online work solutions, the worker is less and less sedentary”.

The organisers said that while telework seems to be a common practice among both human resources and employees and has many advantages, there is one issue that should not be neglected: the security of the data handled by a teleworker.

Philippe Humeau, CEO of CrowdSec and international IT security expert, and Sophia Khaldane, Senior ICT Business Development Manager at the Moroccan telecom operator inwi, led this webinar.

In his speech, Mr. Humeau stressed that the issue of cyber-security is important for teleworkers. He went on to say that in the context of Covid-19, computer attacks have doubled. It is therefore important to protect one’s system, but one should not fall into paranoia. In his intervention, he also explained that the digital transformation is now a reality, hence the extreme importance of adapting to the digital environment. At this level, the role of top management is fundamental in motivating employees to respect the rules of data protection against cyber-attacks.

For Mrs. Khaldane, it is very important today to implement a managerial anti-cyber-attack policy. Concretely, she adds that the major cyber security risks for companies remain Port Scan, fingerprinting, Web scan, and attempted Bruteforce, Credential stuffing & identity, Ransomware and zombie network, Connected pest, cryptomers, worms, malwares, Click-fraud, scrappers, crawlers, bad bots, DDoS, Data Leak, Spam, Phishing, Spear Phishing, blackmailing.

And as for the risks linked to Telework, she specifies that this is the Extended Perimeter: On uncontrolled networks, To untrained users, Without company standards, It is no longer BYOD but BYHAW.

For the few measures to be put in place in telework by companies, Mrs. Khaldane suggests defining and implementing a policy for equipping teleworkers, sensitizing and supporting employees in telework, reviewing architectures, particularly remote access, reinforcing the password management policy, controlling and updating security solutions, setting up logging of the activity of all infrastructure equipment (log management), supervising the activity of information systems (monitoring), preparing to face a cyber attack and involving top management.

And for a teleworker, he is advised to be doubly vigilant about unexpected, misleading messages (email, SMS, chat…), separate personal and professional use, strictly apply the company’s security instructions, do not install any application without his employer’s agreement, strengthen his passwords, apply security updates on all connected equipment (PCs, tablets, telephones…), secure his WiFi connection and regularly back up your work.

In short, cyber security at the time of teleworking is an issue that is all the more legitimate when the world is facing a pandemic that is very complicated to manage and that imposes teleworking as a model. Securing all the elements of the telework chain is thus becoming essential. Far from being a trend!

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