UAE: 5 potential risks of “remote” work

Abdallah Shahin - | Business

The UAE Government Cybersecurity Council emphasized the significance of safeguarding the remote work environment, highlighting the potential hazards that users may encounter on their devices. It emphasized the need to deploy robust security measures to ensure the protection of work data.

The Council has identified five potential concealed hazards associated with remote work, specifically: unauthorized hacking of the company's systems and databases, as well as personal devices due to inadequate security measures, leakage of confidential company information resulting from security breaches, and the presence of security vulnerabilities when utilizing unsecured networks. For the aim of conducting business, and ultimately the act of stealing electronic gadgets.

The Council emphasized that remote work offers numerous benefits but also entails various electronic vulnerabilities. Consequently, they provided four recommendations to users to ensure a secure work environment and safeguard the integrity of remote work.

He recommended that individuals protect their communications by refraining from using insecure networks and public Wi-Fi networks for work. He also advised exercising caution and vigilance by working in private locations to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, he suggested strengthening the security of users' devices through the use of strong and unique passwords, as well as implementing multiple authentication methods. Factors include the update of software and user apps to ensure the protection of company information.

The Cybersecurity Council recently concluded its involvement in the events of the International Exhibition for National Security and Risk Prevention "ISNR Abu Dhabi 2024". During the exhibition, the council took part in numerous seminars and discussions focused on cybersecurity and the notable advancements in technology, particularly artificial intelligence. Additionally, they successfully executed the largest simulation model for cyber threats.

Furthermore, a cybersecurity report released by Kaspersky, a specialized company in the field, indicated that while employees working in the office and utilizing the local network have their data exchange operations managed by the existing security solutions, those working remotely from home introduce additional variables in the form of servers. Internet services in relation to their governance or cybersecurity protocols.

She emphasized the need of employees using a dependable virtual private network (VPN) when accessing company resources remotely. This ensures a secure connection between their workstation and the company's infrastructure, safeguarding company data from external intervention. Simultaneously, access to company resources from external networks is restricted unless a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used.

Kaspersky recommends that employees prioritize using their work email exclusively while working remotely. This precaution facilitates the identification of cybercriminals attempting to impersonate employees, particularly when they are using an account on a different domain. Furthermore, it is imperative to guarantee the security and integrity of private email servers. The organization is safeguarded by advanced technologies that can identify any efforts to alter the originator of a message.

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