Cybersecurity/Data Privacy

10 ways to stay CyberSavvy while employees return to work

Employees returning to the office after weeks of remote work creates data privacy and cybersecurity challenges that businesses need to confront head on. These considerations are especially critical as many states and regulators are requiring employers to collect COVID-19 related health information. Below are 10 ways to combat potential cyber risks and stay #CyberSavvy while employees are returning to work.
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Cybersecurity in the Age of the COVID-19 Remote Worker and Beyond

Many more millions of employees have been working remotely as a result of the devastating COVID-19 virus than ever before.  There is likely no going back.  Employers have been relying on a remote workforce by necessity in the short term and are realizing that in the long term they can operate efficiently and productively with their staff largely out of the office.  The public health risks will, for the foreseeable future, be the driver both on employers’ need for a remote workforce to achieve continuity of operations and employees’ demand for a safer work location.  The increased numbers of remote workers will no doubt be lasting.  But with this anticipated restructuring of work must come a comprehensive evaluation of the corresponding cybersecurity risks over the long term and how best to address them.  As employers look forward to the future of securing remote work in their organizations, they should review the following top ten considerations as part of their defense in depth.

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Video: Cybersecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Employment Law This Week®

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: With all the challenges businesses are facing, it is hard to stay focused on data security. Hackers see the newly remote workforce as an opportunity, and phishing attacks are on the rise. Employers can fight back in a few ways:

  • Educate employees.
  • Update training materials and work-from-home policies.
  • Get security patches to employee devices quickly.
  • Update your data breach response plan and communicate it.
  • Remind your employees to help keep data secure by password-protecting devices with strong passwords and protecting sensitive information from others near their remote working location.
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Monitor your privacy settings for Zoom Video and Alexa

In March 2020, as professionals worked from home due to COVID-19, Zoom video conferences surged in popularity while, conversely, lawyers cast weary glances at the Alexa device in their home office, wondering if it was recording confidential communications. While society struggles with its relationship with ubiquitous communication devices, here is advice on properly configuring Zoom and Alexa privacy settings. READ MORE

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9 tips for keeping your workforce CyberSavvy while working from home

As organizations and employees work from home, we can expect cyber criminals to attempt to profit off of the confusion. We have tips organizations should consider to protect themselves from cybercriminals during this unique “work from home” time. READ MORE

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COVID-19: time to review your outsourced Managed Security Services arrangements

Even before the current pandemic, as enterprises have adopted techniques and practices such as digital transformation, cloud and mobility, they have faced an increased risk from a range of established and emerging cybersecurity threats, such phishing attacks which seek to introduce malware capable of compromising sensitive business information, ransomware and other fraud campaigns. The risk of huge fines under the GDPR means that cyber security has become a board-level issue, as well as a focus for regulators. Read more…

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Benefits Guidance in the time of COVID-19: Additional Cybersecurity Concerns as Employees “Work-From-Home”

As the United States and the rest of the world hunker down in their homes to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many organizations have implemented “working-from-home” procedures that are designed to protect the health of the employees.  Working-from-home, however, presents heightened threats to the cybersecurity of benefit plans, including the plan’s assets and employee data that is collected, transmitted, and stored with regard to employee benefit plans.  Plan sponsors and fiduciaries have asked about the particular risks that working-from-home might present to the protection of sensitive data and whether there are additional proactive measures they can take to reduce those risks.

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Cybercriminals exploit coronavirus fears

Cybercriminals continue to exploit any opportunity to target the data of unsuspecting victims with malicious malware, even using a growing health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic as subterfuge.

According to a report by Forbes’ Zak Doffman on Wednesday, March 11, AZORult malware has found a new carrier into the systems of worried internet surfers searching for the most up-to-date news on the COVID-19 virus. Reason Labs updated a warning about the four-year-old malware now hiding behind a website offering a world map showing the spread of confirmed coronavirus cases. Read more…

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