A recent study by Check Point Software Technologies found that the increase in remote working due to the pandemic has caused a spike in cyber-attacks. According to their findings, the number of cyber-attacks targeting remote workers increased by 41% since the start of the pandemic. This is especially concerning as many organizations do not have adequate security measures in place to protect remote workers from these threats.
The most common type of attack targeting remote workers is phishing, which occurs when malicious actors send emails containing links or attachments with malicious code. These attacks can be used to steal confidential data or install malware on a user’s device. In addition, ransomware attacks are also becoming increasingly common, where attackers lock users out of their devices until a ransom is paid.
In addition to this, the use of unsecured networks, weak passwords, and outdated software can all leave remote workers vulnerable to attack. This highlights the need for organizations to ensure that their employees are using secure networks and up-to-date software. It is also important for them to educate their staff about the importance of using strong passwords and being aware of potential scams.
Statistical Breakdown: • 41% increase in cyber-attacks targeting remote workers since the start of the pandemic • Most common type of attack is phishing • Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common • Organizations should ensure employees are using secure networks and up-to-date software • Educate staff about the importance of using strong passwords and being aware of potential scams