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Telecommuting: Remote Access and Cybersecurity
It is very clear that the coronavirus pandemic is having a massive impact on our society. For businesses, it imposes a lot of challenges, one of them being the rapid transition to telework and the necessity for system administrators to provide remote access to company servers.
Amid this giant wave of disruption, one thing has unfortunately remained the same: the willingness of cybercriminals to exploit society’s misfortune to obstruct business, deceive users and steal proprietary data.
From CIOs to System Administrators and end-users, everyone should remain vigilant and prepare for cyberattacks before they happen, as this sort of incident can be very difficult to respond to once it has spread, just like the coronavirus itself, it’s best prevented instead of treated. Any additional interruption of business continuity can scare customers, dissolve trust and cause bad publicity.
In a crisis, especially if prolonged, IT managers run the risk of making mistakes they would not have made otherwise. Attackers might cut off sysadmins from their own servers while they wreak havoc on the company network, obtain sensitive data, or install ransomware. Another risk is quickly putting up systems, without thinking of proper security measures. This article shows that a bad configuration of rapidly deployed public IT helpdesks to support remote working could lead to hackers gaining unauthorized remote access. Offline verification of the legitimacy of user requests is not so simple anymore, now that everybody is working from home.