Cloud. It’s not automatically secure.

Cloud. It’s not automatically secure.

In a recent survey by Sophos, it was revealed that 74% of Australian businesses have suffered a public cloud security breach.

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Just because your data is in the cloud doesn’t mean it’s secure. In fact, 66% of those breaches suffered were due to a security misconfiguration. Basically, somebody left the back door open.

With the huge swing to working from home in 2020, we’re seeing even more vulnerabilities being exploited. Toll Group has experienced two ransomware attacks in the last 6 months, leaving them unable to access the majority of their systems, and relying on paper clipboards for delivery drivers to collect signatures in the heart of COVID.

Hackers run their schemes like a business. They use topical subjects and trends to customise their messages, and just looking for a tell-tale spelling error is no longer the giveaway it used to be. Recently there have been numerous warnings about COVID scams from Australia ScamWatch.

Why is this important?

Because despite what we tell people to do, people are lazy. People have the same passwords across numerous sites, including employment related logins. According to a Google study 51% of users admitted they used one ‘favourite’ password for multiple sites. This decision puts your business and network data at risk!

With users having the same password for multiple sites, when they follow a link to a scam or from a phishing email, there is a high likelihood that they’re giving up access to your company data inadvertently.

With your employees working from home, how many will have changed their default router or wi-fi password? A quick google search of ‘default router password’ popped up the defaults for Linksys, D-Link, plus instructions on how to simply find a default password.

We understand that the shift to working from home wasn’t really your choice in some cases, but now that it looks like it’ll be here for the foreseeable future, it’s time we talked about how we make sure your company data perimeter is secure.

Do you know where the security weaknesses are within your new extended network? We’ve created a quick 3min work from home security audit quiz. Click here to see how you score!