Almost overnight, millions of people faced stay-at-home orders and began working from home. In an early study on COVID-19 and work from home, researchers from MIT, Stanford, and the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 34 percent of people surveyed were working from home full-time as early as the first week of April.
Business models will change due to the pandemic. Consulting company Global Workplace Analytics estimates that by the end of 2021, 30 percent of the workforce will work from home at least a couple times a week.
Working from home presents cybersecurity challenges. The standard rules of security still apply: be careful for phishing attacks, particularly related to COVID-19, use a VPN, lock your computer when away from your desk to keep the eager fingers of a child away from sensitive information, and only use known/secure wireless networks. For a lot of people, video conferences have become part of their daily work routine.
Almost immediately after working from home became commonplace, hackers began targeting video-conference platforms. From a cybersecurity perspective, this should make all of us sit up and take notice as more and more confidential or strategic information is being exposed to people who are up to no good.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), provides guidance for secure video conferencing. This guidance is grounded in four principles with tips for each:
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