The proposed tube strike in London this weekend has been called off, perhaps saving many organisations from the security issues that employees working from home create. Jonathan Sander, VP of product strategy at Lieberman Software, discusses the security issues and provides some words of wisdom for those who work from home.
[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Jonathan Sander, VP of Product Strategy at Lieberman Software:
“When working from home, the biggest risks from a security perspective are about that employee becoming a conduit into the organization’s IT operations. We all know that the most common way for bad guys to break into IT is to send users bad emails or infest them with malware. Are the machines the employees are using at home as well protected as the ones they use in the office? Maybe they take home a laptop from work. But then they plug that laptop into the network in their home. What other computers are on that network with it? Is there a PC in the family room that is loaded with viruses and malware waiting to hop onto the unsuspecting work laptop? Maybe the employee is using the infected family room computer to VPN into the workplace and essentially making themselves a Trojan horse for the bad guys’ malware. If the employee lives in an apartment complex with shared internet, then maybe the wise guy downstairs stealing the WiFi is also clever enough to break into the machine just for fun. Worst case scenario is the sophisticated criminal who understands social engineering well enough to see a work at home day and start trolling around for employees that are unwittingly making themselves portholes into the protected inner network.”[/su_note]
[su_box title=”About Lieberman Software” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Lieberman Software proactively stops cyber attacks that bypass conventional enterprise defenses and penetrate the network perimeter. The company provides award-winning privilege management and security management products to more than 1,400 customers worldwide, including nearly half of the US Fortune 50. By automatically securing privileged access – both on-premises and in the cloud – Lieberman Software controls access to systems with sensitive data, and defends against malicious insiders, zero day attacks and other advanced cyber threats. Lieberman Software is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices and channel partners located around the world.[/su_box]