Remote Work: Maximize Productivity amidst Covid-19 and Security Challenges

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Remote Work Maximize Productivity amidst Covid-19 and Security Challenges

As the number of attacks on remote workstations continues to rise, enterprises need to step up security to combat the changing face of the workplace to combat the Covid-19 crisis

A new report from Kaspersky has found that attacks on remote workstations have reached a new high, where millions of workstations deploying RDP have come under attack.

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As the Covid-19 crisis has peaked demand for remote workstations, this is likely to cause concern among global enterprises. According to a report by the Shodan search engine, in March, the demand for remote workstations increased by 4.6 million.

According to a recent report by Fortinet, after the Covid-19 pandemic started, 119 global campaigns to target devices with phishing emails became active. Moreover, notorious Trojan like Zeus Sphinx which affected major sectors like banking has also returned. The Trojan has managed to raise its ugly head with increased capabilities in major cyber threats including injection tactics, persistence mechanism, bot configuration, bot identification nuggets, and it’s signature name algorithm.

Furthermore, Zeus sphinx is not the only pressing concern for enterprises globally. Remote work has also led to an increased number of virtual conferences held. This has led to a spike in risks for secure networks, devices, and apps related to virtual conferencing.  The recent security incidences have cast a long shadow on several cybersecurity issues that were ignored earlier. The growing attacks on RDP protocols mean enterprises will have to step up their game, in order to survive and flourish in an increasingly challenging world of business.

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One of the key steps to ensure security for networks and devices, would be to update Windows version regularly, and Microsoft has come to the rescue of enterprises -releasing critical updates for Windows 10, and 2 of these would be essential for most organizations. The CVE-2020-1135 patch will improve on vulnerabilities detected in the Windows graphic component. The CVE-2020-1118 patch will fix security issues with Transport Layer Security (TLS) – a vulnerability that has been targeted in the past with malicious key exchanges during a TLS handshake. It is important for enterprises to prioritize this software update, as it impacts both the TLS servers and TLS clients.

Remote work will likely be a key agenda in the upcoming future, thanks to the ongoing epidemic. Be sure to protect your organization with the best security tools, and the latest Windows patch updates.