All businesses around the world have felt the impact of the corona virus (COVID-19). Governments called them to shut down their offices unexpectedly leaving them no choice but to operate virtually. As a result, serious challenges such as information security and data protection came into the picture!
Information security or what we call cyber security, is one of the most important issues that a business invest in time and money to address. Data breaches means breaking into files, programs, applications, patents and sensitive information of the business which cause a significant damage.
Working form home makes any break-in a trouble-free. Workers who use unsecured wifi networks became main spots for spies to collect private information. Also, many employees had to use their personal devices for work purposes. These devices often have regular antivirus software and firewalls, not like the stronger versions that businesses usually use to fulfill their security needs. Which increase the risk of hack devices so the theft of both personal and business information.
Similarly, data could be a critical asset for a corporation depending on its industry. This kind of data have to be supervised to avoid business disruption and loss. It’s really important to protect sensitive information as well as to reassure its backup strength. Insurance companies, banks and private investment corporations are all great examples of businesses who obtain critical data asset. Scammers are targeting consumers data which include names, photos, email addresses, bank details and credit cards, telephone numbers, location details, medical information, IP addresses, and more.
Data thefts became vigilant since businesses moved to work remotely! Not to forget, accidental deletion while working from home occurs as well.
No doubt working online has great advantages for both employers and employees, but there is grave concerns that businesses still have to solve while surviving 2020’s crisis.