To help mitigate the disastrous effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world have had to adopt a remote work model, whereby employees are working from home.
However, most companies aren’t very experienced when it comes to managing a fully remote workforce and the unique challenges it presents. Organizations’ IT infrastructures are struggling with the increased number of unmanaged and unsecured personal devices.
This opens them up to data breaches, losses, and potential compliance violations. Moreover, according to Link11, DDoS attack lengths and other cyberthreats are projected to increase by 30 percent during the pandemic.
If, like many other businesses, you have had to make the shift to remote work, we’ve prepared this guide to help you secure your remote workforce and your company.
Securing Your Workforce
Most businesses employ a fragmented IT infrastructure, with on-premises equipment and workloads that are hosted in both private and public clouds. For a complete and holistic array of security measures deployed across these IT environments, you should consider following these critical steps:
1. Be Proactive
It’s important to understand that cyberattacks are almost always accompanied by loss of data and/or resources. Many companies that fall prey to DDoS attacks, for example, also report theft of customer financial assets, data, or resources, and intellectual property.
DDoS attacks are typically used as a diversion to draw attention away from a malware exploit or a hacking attempt. To combat this, you need to be proactive about mitigating DDoS threats and incorporate robust strategies to boost defenses in the event of one occurring.
2. Deploy a Cloud Shield
These strategies should include an external cloud service that routes all incoming traffic to your website and other resources. It should employ machine-learning strategies and algorithms to identify and proactively filter malicious traffic before it gets a chance to impair critical operations and services. You need to prepare your company’s IT staff to prioritize targeted, stealthy attacks over diversionary tactics.
3. Prioritize APIs
These attacks generally include going after the APIs that your web applications use to steal data. As most APIs tend to have minimal monitoring and protection, they end up being the IT infrastructure’s weak links.
Your business operations can easily be compromised when your APIs are compromised. You will need to evaluate your APIs and the web applications that use them to deploy adaptable solutions that respond to and block incoming attacks before they get to the application.
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