Some companies have begun implementing remote working or work from home systems, in an effort to minimize contact with the crowd to prevent the spread of the corona virus. To stay safe, you must know the tips.
“We will encourage companies to be very vigilant at this time, and ensure that employees who work at home remain cautious. The company must communicate clearly with employees to ensure they are aware of risks, and take various measures to secure remote access for those who are isolated or work from home, “commented David Emm, principal security research at cyber security company Kaspersky.
To note, as corona virus cases are on the rise, cybercriminals also take advantage of public panic. Kaspersky also continues to detect new attacks used by hackers by utilizing issues related to COVID-19.
“While medical experts are rushing to find the corona virus antidote, cybercriminals are equally busy trying new techniques and tactics to generate profits by exploiting the public panic over the current epidemic,” said Stephan Neumeier, Kaspersky’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, such as quoted through the official statement.
Kaspersky detection technology found malicious files disguised as documents related to viruses. The dangerous files are covered with the guise of pdf, mp4 and docx files about the corona virus.
The file names imply that they contain video instructions on how to protect themselves from viruses, updates to threats and even virus detection procedures, which is actually not the case.
In fact, these files contain various threats, from Trojans to worms, which are capable of destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data, as well as disrupting the operation of computers or computer networks.
In the Asia Pacific region itself, Kaspersky has detected 93 malware related to the corona virus in Bangladesh, 53 in the Philippines, 40 in China, 23 in Vietnam, 22 in India and 20 in Malaysia. Single digit detection is monitored in Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Thailand.
“Our detection in the Asia Pacific region is just the beginning like the tip of the iceberg. We urge all people to remain calm but at the same time be careful,” Neumeier said.
Following are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce cyber security risks related to the remote work system recommended by Kaspersky:
- Providing VPN for staff to securely connect to company networks. All company devices – including cellphones and laptops – must be protected with appropriate security software, including mobile devices (for example, the ability to delete data from devices that are reported to be lost or stolen, separate personal and work data, and limit which applications can be installed)
- Always apply the latest updates for operating systems and applications
- Limit the access rights of any party that can connect to the company network
- Make sure staff are aware of the danger of responding to messages from unknown sources
- Conduct training and activities that educate employees about the basics of cyber security, for example not to open or save files from emails or unknown websites because they can be risky for the company
- Enforce the use of legal software downloaded from official sources
- Back up important data and update IT equipment and applications regularly to avoid unmatched vulnerabilities that cause violations.
“It is a fact that once a device is outside the company’s network infrastructure and connected to WiFi and new networks, the risk of corporate information security increases. It is time we not only increase physical immunity but also our network’s security against attacks,” concluded Neumeier.