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Is Your Work Laptop Secure?

Posted by Sophie Ashwood | 01-Oct-2020 12:14:26

Recent study reveals 40% of devices have no antivirus

New research shows that nearly a quarter of computers supplied by employers lack any security software. This is incredibly worrying when most of the world had to begin working from home in March 2020.

Making sure your users’ devices are secure, whether they're working from home or in the office, should be a key priority for businesses, especially when they’re connected to your corporate network.

However, according to Kaspersky, 23% of desktops and 17% of laptops supplied by UK employers have no antivirus or cybersecurity software installed – additionally, 23% of employees provided a company smartphone didn't have adequate, if any, antivirus on their device.

TechRepublic stated, an estimated 48% of the UK’s 32.9 million workers have been working remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have seen an increase in cyber risk to business due to the shift to remote working, which has led to a dramatic increase in scams, phishing emails and more.

53% have seen an increase in email phishing attacks during the pandemic with a third (30%) saying these phishing attacks have been more successful. On average, organisations are remediating 1185 phishing attacks each month, with an average of 40 per day.

As most organisations needed to rush their users into working from home, those users may not have had adequate security features added to their computers.

How are your users logging into your network? Do they use a VPN, a Virtual Desktop, or are they just working through the Cloud?

David Emm from Kaspersky has said, “it’s important that all businesses pre-install staff computers and devices with security software to ensure they are protected at all times”. “Employers must also make sure staff know how to install or check the status of antivirus software while working on personal or company devices from home, to secure corporate information and networks.”

In addition to this, with your users working from home, you need to ensure their WIFI connections are secure - is it password protected? Did they change the password from the original on their router? 

However, laptops are not the only devices you need to check - 47% of personal smartphones lack antivirus software, along with 43% of tablets.

Don’t leave your users open and vulnerable to cyberattacks while remote working - provide training on security, install anti-virus software and make sure you have endpoint detection so you can monitor and detect any abnormal activities, removing malicious activity before a breach happens.

How can we help?

We can provide you with the right tools and security solutions to help protect your data. We all know that this is an "unprecedented time", but that shouldn't stop you from ensuring your organisation's data is protected. Cyberattacks increased during the pandemic, and it's only a matter of 'when' an attack will happen, not 'if' anymore.

If you need assistance ensuring your remote workers' devices are secure, please get in touch, we'll be happy to provide advice and guidance. If you'd like to discuss our security solutions, get in touch with one of our security experts - use the button below to schedule a free consultation.

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Topics: byod, IT Security, cybersecurity, cybercrime

Written by Sophie Ashwood

Marketing Executive at AZTech IT Solutions

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