It's easy to think that accessing the Internet of our house or the company we work for is the same thing and requires the same care and equipment, but this could not be further from being true.
We have been joining the remote work model for some time now due to the complications brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, in a new moment of resumption of in-person activities and especially with the great discussion of the hybrid work model, the security of home networks should remain at the top of investment priorities.
At the beginning of the pandemic, with the adoption of remote work definitively by many teams, the demand of IT departments to adapt the technological infrastructure to this new reality arose. With it came the challenge of ensuring information security. At the present time, with the advance of vaccination and the return to face-to-face work, attention must be redoubled so that the security of home networks does not fall into oblivion.
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It is natural, and much discussed, that the hybrid work model remains for a long time, aiming at greater freedom for employees and some cost cuts for companies in general. However, investments in cybersecurity should not follow this cut, on the contrary, they should continue to rise, as cybercriminals continue to innovate in ways to access such valuable corporate data.
Due to the freedom and flexibility we have at home, several risks of security and productivity issues arise, risks that occur when outside the company and the normally protected corporate network. Even if the company provides access to a VPN (encrypted virtual private network), the employee's device will be on a home network or public hotspot. In this model, data traffic is generally divided, that is, internal resources (ERP system, file network, CRM, etc.) pass through the VPN in a secure way, but the rest do not. When browsing websites, the employee will be using the home internet without any restrictions and security on their corporate computer.
When we are not within corporate networks, most of the time we are connected, accessing different content, conducting research and downloading. With this, we can access sites considered unsafe that contain some malware or malicious code, which can infect the device. Often, almost imperceptibly, performing improper access or even data extraction.
As I mentioned in my last article, investments in the area of cybersecurity should not be overlooked, even now with most employees returning to offices, agencies and the like, home networks are a hot spot for criminals who are always looking for more opportunities. easy and with fewer layers of protection.
Carlos Baleeiro is Country Manager of ESET in Brazil
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