In the digital age, everything is connected to the internet. Your phone, your computer device, your TV, your home entertainment device, your car, your tv, your fridge, your watch, and even your pacemaker. For hackers, this means they have not just one avenue of attack but multiple ones that can be used to cause mischief and harm. But as offices have shifted to a work from home culture, it presents an even greater target for cyber attackers. But as offices have shifted to a work from home culture, it offers an even greater target for cyber attackers.
While most hackers would not care about targeting random civilians, that is not the case when it comes to corporations. Businesses earn money, and they make for juicy targets for hackers. Cybersecurity threats are a global concern for corporations all around the world. We already saw the largest cyber-attack on a US corporation just a few months ago when SolarWinds was hacked. The hack not only affected private citizens but multiple government agencies, including the pentagon.
Rise of Cybercrime
Cybercrime and cybersecurity threats are a rapidly growing concern for nations and corporations in the world. The attack methods keep getting more sophisticated, and one has to constantly manage the safety protocols to thwart them.
Any sort of hacking event for most companies is devastating. As an organization’s data is often held in ransom, the only choice that the company has is either to pay a kingly ransom for their data, with no reassurance that their data will be returned or to not negotiate and lose all their data in the process.
The loss of company data is high. Research shows that most companies can never recover from such an event, and most fold up and are closed down in less than two years from the hacking event.
New Weak Points
The move to remote working happened suddenly. There was no preparation; there was no planning. It was a sudden move to adapt to the rapidly worsening state of the pandemic. Such sudden moves can have long-lasting consequences. This flustered change meant that IT Services Company had to juggle responsibilities of maintaining the new infrastructure while closing down weak spots.
But most often, it is not the weak spots in the infrastructure but the human element that cause large-scale cybersecurity threats. The reason for this is simple, in an office setting, IT professionals maintain a computer to run smoothly and search for any malware or other threat that can cause terrible harm to the network infrastructure.
In the case of remote work, these network professionals, especially in-house network professionals who have very little experience in dealing with such problems remotely and using digital tools to resolve IT issues, are not able to do the same services for employees’ devices.
The new weak spots mean that IT professionals are needed more than ever to not just be ever-present in case of any cybersecurity attack but also to take greater methods of preventive care. Cybersecurity attacks are only going to increase in numbers, so it up to experts to devise ways to stop them.