During the mad rush or “the scramble” as we are calling it, organisation’s IT capabilities have been seriously tested across the globe. Not just their ability to deploy mass-remote working rollouts, but to ensure they keep their devices safe, outside of the corporate network. 

 

With huge amounts of credit to IT Teams and MSP’s, businesses have been working tirelessly over the last 2-3 years on IT security strategies that heavily leverage cloud based, cloud-controlled, security services. 

 

IT security capabilities and high levels of protection are, and unfortunately will be, engaged in a never-ending game of cat and mouse with cyber-criminals. The main area of focus for any cyber-criminal is to find a weakness, either at cloud, firewall or device level - and then to find the perfect opportunity to strike. The statistics recorded for Malware and Ransomware attacks are alarming. Malware infections alone have risen from 12.4 Million in 2009 to a staggering 812.67 million recorded in 2018. Ransomware attacks also followed suit with a huge increase of 350% in 2018. By 2020 the average attack cost has more than doubled from 2019, with an average downtime cost of $283,800 – a gigantic increase since the arrival of mass home working. 

 

Keeping those statistics in mind, these infections and attacks were more than likely to have occurred under a secure corporate network. Fast forward to today, with an estimated 1.7 million people employees working from home and in most cases, limited security protocols on their devices and network – the opportunity for attackers has never been higher.  

 

The average UK household is very unlikely to have business grade firewall providing the required perimeter security. Standard consumer broadband routers were never designed or equipped to protect from sophisticated cyber-criminals, and thereby lies a challenge. Once by-passed, the path of least resistance, now, more than ever, is the end user device. 

 

The most effective way to protect end user devices has always been Endpoint Security. However, gone are the days of traditional Anti-Virus - scanning files each day/week and running a quick check of programs from a database downloaded on occasion. Virus, Malware and Ransomware codes, patterns, zero-day or vulnerabilities can change by the minute which leaves standard anti-virus helpless against modern-day threats. 

 

Endpoint security has evolved to adopt large scale cloud platforms – deploying machine learning, real-time monitoring, pre/post file execution and automatic AI-based action against live threats – providing the highest possible level of protection. 

 

If you’re concerned about these threats, we’ve put together a FREE IT Security review which is designed to give you an understanding of how to better-protect your devices in a remote-work environment, against modern-day threats. 

 

Take the test today: https://bit.ly/freesecurityreview  

 

 

Sources: 

https://purplesec.us/resources/cyber-security-statistics/

https://labs.bitdefender.com 

https://www.bitdefender.com/company/ 

https://www.technewsworld.com/ 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/coronavirusandhomeworkingintheuklabourmarket/2019  

https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/ransomware-statistics/