During the pandemic there has been a growing sense as well as no shortage of data showcasing the growing by cyber attackers and other malicious folks looking to compromise corporate, personal and other data through an evolving set of digital schemes. As this article highlights, if hackers can break into the networks of America’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, by targeting remote workers there is little question that remote workers with little security are easy targets.
Practically every employee in every firm in America is working from a makeshift desk on their kitchen table. Firms only had days to cobble together remote work plans. So you can bet most didn’t set up secure systems, like the one my friend is using. In fact, the vast majority of employees probably don’t even have dedicated work laptops.
So hundreds of millions of folks are using personal laptops–on unsecured home internet connections–to access work files. Many of which likely contain confidential information and personal data.
This is a dream come true for cyber criminals. Hackers only need to gain access through one entry point to seize control of a whole network. Once they’re in they can steal data, secrets, and even lock you out of the network.