One of the greatest changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is how people work now and likely for years to come. It has forced companies across the world to allow many of their staff to work from home and this may become the new normal. Recently, Facebook announced that it plans to shift towards a remote workforce as a long-term solution and many other companies are following this trend. Twitter, for instance, has offered its staff the choice of working from home permanently. On a positive note, this can help companies ride the COVID-19 storm and possibly even cut costs on office space in the long run, but with so many staff working from home via Wi-Fi, opening attachments, using third party apps, uploading and downloading files and so on, how do we mitigate the higher risk of cyber attacks? In this article, we will look at how to prevent cyber attacks as we move towards a work-from-home culture.
The most important aspect in cyber security, whether working from home or the office, is to safeguard your network. There are 6 key areas you need to focus on:
With more staff working from home due to COVID-19, strong cyber security is vital. But instead of using separate vendors to protect your systems from cyber attack, the most effective and efficient way is to use Unified Threat Management (UTM). The is a single unified system offering an end-to-end solution to cover all computers and IoT devices that connect to your firm’s network. offers 3 key components:
By using a powerful all-in-one UTM such as , firms can enjoy the flexibility of staff working remotely and continue business activity safely and securely.
To support enterprises to continue their business and services during the epidemic, the Hong Kong Government has set up two funding support schemes. Under the Anti-Epidemic Fund, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) have launched the Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme. The Programme provides funding support through fast-track processing for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business. It offers HK$100,000 for adopting an IT solution and up to HK$300,000 for a six-month project. Learn more about the scheme here.
The Government also announced another package specifically for the legal sector, namely the LawTech Fund. This Fund aims to assist small and medium-sized law firms/barristers' chambers in procuring and upgrading information technology systems. Under the scheme, law firms and chambers with not more than five practicing lawyers are eligible for application with each firm/chamber eligible for a reimbursable amount of up to HK$50,000. Learn more here.
With these two funding support schemes for IT enhancement available, it is the ideal time to upgrade your network to a system such as GRID. To learn more about how to improve your company’s cyber security or GRID, contact Guardforce here.