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Develop stronger
security policies for
your work-from-home
employees.
By Anne Rosso May

W

hen it comes to data, there is
nothing criminals won't target.
Not even the COVID-19
vaccination, as we saw in December when
hackers attempted to steal the network
credentials of officials involved in the
refrigeration process to protect vaccine
doses, and not hospitals, as we saw in
November when ransomware attacks led
to an outage at a hospital near Dusseldorf,
Germany, where a patient seeking life-saving
treatment was turned away and later died.
Even cybersecurity experts aren't immune,
which we saw most recently when the U.S.
Treasury and Commerce Departments were
compromised by a supply chain attack on
SolarWinds, their security vendor.
On top of this, we've entered into a new
era of data security: how to keep data safe
when employees are working from home.
This is a sore spot for many companies,
no matter the size or industry, and was
exacerbated by the rush most companies
experienced as employees left the office last
spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
" Cybercriminals expected employees to
have access to corporate VPNs, cloudbased services and business email, all of
which could be used for infiltration of
corporate assets if not properly secured, "
according to an August 2020 report from
data security provider Malwarebytes. " In
addition, we've seen many campaigns
using the fear of COVID-19 as the theme
for their malicious activities. "
A survey from cybersecurity company
Tessian found 85% of IT leaders believed
that hybrid and remote working plans led

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