Your Guide to Cyber Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Your Guide to Cyber Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, 88% of Australian businesses have now either encouraged or required their staff members to work remotely.

While this is, of course, an essential measure to take in containing the spread of COVID-19, such arrangements can have numerous concerning security implications for organisations. 

In many cases, individual’s devices aren’t equipped with the appropriate technology to keep data safe for the duration of these current flexible working arrangements. This has, inevitably, left staff members particularly exposed to the threat of security breaches, with cybercriminals attempting to take advantage of these compromised situations.

Malware infections, unauthorised access, insecure devices and failed data security systems can be incredibly damaging to a business’ ongoing feasibility and, ultimately, their longevity. The confidential information of your employees, customers and business may be at risk, so it’s important to take swift action now as to avoid otherwise preventable breaches in the weeks and months to come.

Don’t leave your business susceptible to cyber attacks. There are various practical steps that can be taken to help keep remote access to your business’ networks secure.

 

Keeping Your Business’ Information Safe

In an effort to keep Australian businesses protected in the current climate, the Australian Government have shared a number of actionable, proactive tactics for enforcing reliable cyber security practices.

In summary, these include:

  • Reviewing and refining your business’ existing continuity plans and procedures.
  • Making sure that your security systems have been updated as required.
  • Preparing for the higher demand on remote access technologies by increasing your cyber security measures. Before rolling out any changes, make sure to conduct any appropriate tests.
  • Ensuring that, if you use a remote desktop client, it’s secure.
  • Checking that the laptops, phones and other work devices your staff members will be using are secure.
  • For access to systems, such as cloud services, introducing multi-factor authentication processes.
  • Providing staff and stakeholders with any relevant information and/or training to ensure they’re well equipped to follow the expected cyber security practices.
  • Considering other ways to minimise the risk of data breaches, such as ensuring staff have effective physical security measures in place, especially if they’re working with particularly sensitive information.

 

For any insurance queries this article may have raised, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your insurance advisor or broker.

 

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