It is a quiet morning as I tightrope around the numerous obstacles in my path, slowly heading towards my home office, precariously balancing molten coffee with the fresh scent of my morning bagel in the air, in what can only be described as Cirque du Soleil maneuvers. Times have changed. Situations such as mine are playing out in record numbers across the world as organizations rush to implement work from home solutions.
As the remote work scramble plays out, many organizations find themselves in new waters, while others struggle to keep pace with the increased demand on their infrastructure to accommodate newly remote workers. During several penetration testing engagements after such rapid change, I have witnessed a rapid increase in common configuration issues, gaps in security, and security policies failing to keep up.
I read the recent news that organizations such as the WHO and Hammersmith Medicines Research are under cyberattack while they are diligently at work on a COVID vaccine. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke on March 24 on how Cybercriminals are taking advantage of a new business opportunity: the increasing number of remote workers. “They follow us online and exploit our concerns about the coronavirus. Our fear becomes their business opportunity,” von der Leyen said in a video message. Cybercriminals are escalating their activity, taking full advantage of our plight to accommodate those working from home and fears around COVID.
As a matter of fact, the situation has become so out of hand that some leading hacker groups have promised to not attack health care organizations. I don’t know about you, but when crime escalates to the point that my neighborhood burglar feels pity and skips my house, I feel like things are out of hand.
Intrinium recognizes this, and we want to help by offering Work from Home Security Review service free of charge to Washington state businesses, so you can sleep at night knowing your remote workers are safe. We are dedicating multiple engineers to this task for the next 30 days (ending April 30) and not charging the normal $250+ for the assessments. Intrinium’s seasoned penetration testers, who are on the frontlines, are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your remote connections are safe and secure! To take advantage of this offer go to our security review page and fill out the form.