Brian Colpak explains how remote working could make businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks

Tech expert Brian Colpak believes remote working will be here to stay long after the pandemic is over. Here’s why it increases the likelihood of cyber attacks.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, November 5, 2021 / – When the COVID-19 pandemic began, businesses around the world had no choice but to adapt to a new work environment. Essential services have been moved online, with employees forced to work from home.

As the pandemic eased, many companies have allowed their employees to continue working remotely, at least part of the time. Corn, as tech entrepreneur Brian Colpak explains, remote working could make companies vulnerable to cyber attacks.

IT is well organized when employees are in a central office or in a few main offices. It is an infrastructure with a star design, where all the technology feeds into a major security point.

All video conferences, documents, emails, messages and other essential data are managed and monitored through this central system. When employees work remotely, this star design breaks down, increasing the potential for cyber attacks.

A company’s IT infrastructure is as strong as its weakest link. Unfortunately, in a small world of work, the IT department does not have full control over all of these links, which creates the potential for many weak spots.

Employees work on their home internet networks and potentially even on public Wi-Fi hotspots in libraries, restaurants and cafes. These networks are not as secure as internal networks, which are usually protected by the latest firewalls and other security features.

Routers, even on home networks, can be outdated and less secure, especially if the ISP provides them. It’s also more difficult for IT departments to ensure that all devices have the latest security patches and firmware updates when employees are working remotely.

These weak spots in the remote work IT infrastructure offer hackers an increased opportunity to steal passwords and gain access to critical business systems and data.

These challenges are unlikely to go away anytime soon, as Brian Colpak says. So what can businesses do to protect themselves in this “new normal” of remote working?

First, all companies should provide basic security training to all employees working remotely. This training should include information on protecting passwords, installing security upgrades and patches when available, and avoiding using vulnerable networks.

Second, businesses should consider moving as many systems as possible to the cloud. By moving vital systems and information to reputable cloud systems, businesses can add an additional layer of security.

Finally, all IT teams should have systems in place to quickly recognize potential cyber attacks, so that measures can be implemented to prevent significant damage from being caused. And, just in case a bad actor steps in, businesses need to have strong backup and recovery plans in place, so they don’t get devastated.

Remote work is likely to take a long time. Brian Colpak says businesses need to recognize this fact and the heightened threat of cyber attacks that accompany it and implement comprehensive security and planning measures to prevent what could be a devastating event.

About Brian Colpak
Brian Colpak is a tech entrepreneur and founder of Continental Global. After spending most of his career in leadership roles, he founded and ran a company recognized as one of Massachusetts’ 100 Fastest Growing Companies before establishing his current business. These days, he’s mainly focused on an upcoming project in Dubai.

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