According to a recent market research report, about 70% of remote employees have experienced IT problems during the pandemic!

Network security poses new challenges as more and more organizations shift to remote working to better counter the post-pandemic effects. Nevertheless, hackers have become smart too! They now launch more intense cyberattacks to intrude on the network and steal sensitive data.

This blog has compiled some popular cyber threats for the remote workforce.

Threat # 01: Phishing Scams

The biggest threat posed by cyber criminals on the remote workforce is quite old but keeps integrating itself with the trends— phishing scams.

Attackers share links that compel people to open them, including COVID-19 vaccination information, medical gear, and even sell N-95 masks at discounts. When employees click on these malicious links, the hackers gain access to their servers.

This results in sensitive and confidential data loss.

Threat # 02: Weak Passwords

Often, companies secure their remote network effectively by deploying VPNs and firewalls. In such cases, human error can create security problems, like setting weak passwords.

Cyber criminals utilize several techniques to gain access to the organization’s servers and networks by cracking these passwords. They can easily launch attacks on the servers, causing ransomware fraud and data thefts.

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Threat # 03: VPN Brute-Force Attack

Do you know that there is a 65 percent increase in VPN demand in the US? Yes, you heard it right. With so many organizations shifting to remote work, cybercriminals now exploit the VPN to access servers.

Attackers launch a VPN Brute-Force attack by stuffing the VPN portal with a compiled list of login credentials. If any of the combinations works, attackers easily infiltrate the network.

Threat # 04: Malicious Azure Apps

A 775 percent increase is witnessed in the usage of Azure apps, according to Microsoft. The majority of the remote workforce and other business people use these apps to perform their tasks quickly.

Cybercriminals know the worth of these apps and now leverage on this weakness. They’ve launched malicious Azure apps and drive people toward them by phishing campaigns and other spyware links. Once you click to install these apps, the hackers gain access to all the confidential and sensitive information in the servers!

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