Going to the restroom with the laptop during a long meeting - and not noticing that the camera is still on. Experiencing how the boss can no longer switch off his amusing avatar and has to lead the online conference as a potato. A lot can go wrong when working from home - in terms of collaboration, but also in terms of IT security. Here are the most important tips to ensure that everything runs smoothly. How does the cooperation with colleagues work? What are the dangers for IT security in the home office? How can employees protect themselves? And: How do IT administrators set up a secure home office?
of the companies have had IT security incidents attributable to home office work since the start of the Corona pandemic.
(Source: Wirtschaftsschutz 2021, bitkom)
professionals in Germany now works from a home office.
(Source: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, 2021)
The number of cyber attacks was up by about 30 percent in March compared to February 2020, according to a threat analysis by G DATA CyberDefense. Many companies had to send their employees to their home desks to work virtually overnight due to the Corona crisis. However, home office "emergency solutions" set up under high time pressure often harbour numerous security gaps.
The danger posed by backdoors is particularly high at the moment, because an attacker can move around the company's network and collect information relatively undisturbed for months, even beyond the acute crisis - and attract little or no attention. Criminals can "sit out" the current crisis in the IT infrastructure - and then strike when something like normality returns.
In addition to direct attacks on IT networks, criminals shamelessly exploit people's fear and uncertainty about Corona:
What helps in these cases? Train your employees in secure behaviour: In the practice-oriented e-learning trainings from G DATA, employees learn how to recognise and ward off phishing and learn everything else important about IT security and data protection.
This email was sent by the World Health Organization (WHO). You would think! Especially since it looks so genuine. But in reality, it was sent by criminals who use it to distribute malware. According to the email, scientists have discovered certain dietary habits and tips that prevent infection with the corona virus desease. More detailed information about this can allegedly be found in the attachment of the email. However, users who click on the attachment download malware to their computer instead of helpful documents. This then allows cybercriminals to spy on sensitive data, for example.
Many people are insecure and would like to know who in their environment is infected with the Corona virus. This fear is being exploited by a malicious app called "Coronavirus Tracker", which G DATA researchers have discovered: The app claims to be able to locate whether a Corona patient is nearby. But after installation, the app encrypts the smartphone! The user receives a message that he has 48 hours to pay a ransom of 100 dollars so that he can access his data again. Therefore: Only download apps from trustworthy sources such as the Google Play Store.