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There's no doubt the world has changed. As a result of the pandemic, working cultures across the globe have evolved in unprecedented ways. With the shift to remote work and online collaboration, cybercrime is more active. Criminals take advantage of organizations' system vulnerabilities, especially smaller-scale companies such as SMEs and other similarly sized businesses.
In May 2020, cybersecurity researchers recorded 200,000 coronavirus-related cyberattacks per week. That's a 30 percent increase compared to weeks before that observation period. Since then, cyber threats have only continued to rise. Phishing and malware have become significant threats to SMEs' operations. Clearly, enterprises now need to adapt and act swiftly to ensure effective security solutions are in place.
Here are some ways cybercriminals can attack your business as a result of the shift to remote work:
- Unmanaged home PCs and laptops - As your team works from home, your unprotected gadgets and computers can be hacked easily.
- Rapid move to cloud collaboration - When you move and share your company files and data to the cloud without cybersecurity, you risk losing them because of outside threats.
- Changes in critical infrastructure - Critical infrastructures are your important systems that when compromised, will have destructive effects on your business. If there's no cybersecurity in place for them, your data will be vulnerable to a breach.
As most businesses own multiple devices, including laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers, securing these endpoints is essential for operations.
Thankfully, Globe myBusiness has the right solutions to keep your businesses running securely during times of uncertainty. With its range of products like Check Point, a leader in cybersecurity solutions, you can address all your security needs, and across multiple platforms, to adapt to the new normal.
Here are two ways to ensure your business is protected, even while your team is working remotely.
1. Protect your mobile devices
Since the pandemic began, mobile attacks have more than doubled. Now that you connect to your customers and employees more with your mobile device, it's only smart to protect it.
There are two ways you can go about this. You can choose to do this the DIY way, which is ideal for single devices, or you can have a professional manage it, which is best for teams with 10 or more devices:
- The DIY solution to protecting your device: Zone Alarm
This entry-level solution protects your business with enterprise-grade security that's easy to install and you can manage yourself. It doesn't just protect your phone, too. You can use it for mobile, PC or desktop, or for both.
Zone Alarm protects PC data from ransomware and equips it with anti-phishing security to shield against viruses, unwanted traffic, and identity theft. It uses Check Point's legendary firewall that blocks hackers, trackers, and spyware.
- The professionally-managed solution through Check Point's IT security experts: Sandblast
With Sandblast, a professional cybersecurity expert will be the one to manage your mobile devices remotely. Aside from that, Sandblast also has advanced features that are not available to ZoneAlarm such as Anti Exploit, Behavioral Guard, Forensics, Endpoint Data Protection Encryption, and Cloud Management.
Similar to Zone Alarm, you can use Sandblast for mobiles only, PC or laptops only, or both.
2. Protect your network
A quick shift to remote and cloud-based operations like G Suite and Microsoft 365 can lead to security issues like data breaches and hacking. Your website can also be taken over by hackers easily if you're not vigilant. Here are two solutions to ensure your data is protected when you use cloud-based applications, and that your online services are always up and running:
- Protect your data in using web-based applications: CloudGuard SaaS
To protect web-based applications like G Suite, Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and more, CloudGuard SaaS has you covered. It blocks sophisticated phishing attacks and malware without interfering with your work so that cybercriminals can't take over your employees' accounts. This ensures your business' data is protected and threats are busted before they even appear in your accounts.
- Protect your network from attacks: DDoS Protect
DDoS, which stands for distributed denial-of-service, is a type of cyberattack that attempts to disrupt the normal traffic of its targeted server, service, or network by overwhelming it with a flood of internet traffic. As a result, it prevents regular traffic from entering the system, servers become unreachable and networks crash.
DDoS Protect will block attacks to your system before they can cause damage. With this, you don't have to worry about your online services bugging down. No more disruptions to your websites and online stores so that they're always up and running.
No matter what stage your business is in, keeping your data secure should be a priority. Fortunately, Globe myBusiness is here to help in times of need.
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