WFH, The new Phishing Pond for Cybercriminals?

Date: 2021-09-27
Author: Yvonne Moebius, HR

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Many employees are still working from home (WFH), at least part of the time, in what may become our new normal. There has been a lot written examining the impacts felt by some workers, who have WFH throughout much of 2020 and 2021.

Here are some examples:

  • Longing for the vibe of being around their co-workers in person.
  • Being easily distracted by pets, children, laundry, neighbors, etc. while at home.
  • Running into issues with Internet connectivity or problems with their devices.
  • Missing the psych-up to and wind-down from work their commutes enabled.

Impacts like these are normal, but we have to ask ourselves, does cybercrime stop when you’re working from home? Companies in Germany reported losing billions in Euros due to hackers during these times [1] [2], and that’s just a drop in the bucket.

Physical crime declined dramatically during the global pandemic, but cybercriminals were busy filling the gaps. Many set their sights on corporate data theft via employees who were WFH. Some reports show as many as 25 percent of workers say they have seen an increase in their corporate email being targeted by phishing and other scams. Even if most of those incidents are innocent, they make organizations more vulnerable to crime.

Upgrading protection is certainly key and at Versasec we believe in PKI based Multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) means no one gets in without proving they are who they say they are.

Organizations must make preventing cybercrime and corporate fraud part of their normal business operations and a task that is required of all employees. As part of the Human Resources Team at Versasec I strongly believe that company culture and education in cybersecurity is key to avoid phishing and cybercrime. -We all must do our part!

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