The quick transition to a remote work situation triggered by COVID-19 forced companies to scramble to support a larger distributed workforce, and this created new email security risks. It was the optimal opportunity for cybercriminals to attack improperly secured remote work connections and technologies. Therefore, many organization’s cybersecurity defenses have been vulnerable and exposed to breaches.
Remote work company policies are becoming increasingly popular. This option allows employees to work when bad weather, childcare needs, or illnesses come up, instead of taking time off. With these policies in place, employees report higher job satisfaction and productivity. However, this setup is not without risk. Working from home increases the risk of cybercrime against a company, and the distraction of home life can cause drops in productivity. However, there are ways to negate these risks.
Cybersecurity is a topic that we all know to be important, but it often goes overlooked when we fool ourselves into believing that “it won’t happen to us.” The fact of the matter is, anyone with an email account is highly susceptible to being exposed to cyberattacks.
According to an article published by Security Magazine, 1 in 50 emails contains some type of malicious content. Digital Trends estimates that 10% of all compromised emails contain malware such as spyware, ransomware, adware, or trojans.
Even as digital security systems become more and more advanced, cybersecurity threats keep evolving.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about cybersecurity dangers and the risks involved with working with an insecure system. A place to stay especially vigilant in regards to cybersecurity is in your inbox. According to Verizon’s 2018 Breach Investigations report, 92 percent of malware is delivered by email.
“Why can’t I send the password through email? It’s so convenient!”
If you’ve heard or thought this question before, you’re right – it is convenient! But is it safe? Not so much.
Sending passwords through email is a common practice, but the potential for unintentional disclosure of private and personal information is sky-high. This tends to happen frequently in the workplace, as employees may not understand the ramifications of such disclosure or may not be cognizant of the confidentiality of certain data.
What is the GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a comprehensive European data privacy law that imposes a new set of obligations on companies that process EU residents’ personal information. The law provides individuals greater transparency and control of how their personal information is processed, used, and stored. The GDPR becomes effective on May 25, 2018 and applies to all businesses that process and hold the personal data of individuals who are located inside the European Union. The GDPR also applies to organizations that offer goods or services to EU individuals, or that monitor these individuals’ behavior.