Date: 02/04/2020

COVID-19: Managing cyber security risks of remote work

Webinar helps businesses keep data safe as employees work remotely.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant firms of all sizes have to make sure confidential information remains safe as their staff work from their homes. Today’s webinar was devoted to identifying key risks of remote work, addressing their possible consequences, and finding the right solutions to keep data safe.

Nenad Varinac of Ball Packaging Europe, Gorana Bajić of Telenor, and Branko Subotić of Ernst & Young spoke about the measures their companies have introduced to protect both data and employees.

As more than 300 million people throughout the world work from home, internet capacity is reaching saturation, and network issues are becoming a challenge that neither employers nor staff can resolve.

This situation has highlighted just how vital it is for companies to be prepared for remote work, especially when it comes to information security. The necessary steps include setting up virtual private networks (VPNs), supplying staff with sufficient numbers of mobile devices, and providing software support.

The panellists also underlined the significance of communicating with workers and having appropriate workspace organisation arrangements and company computer and mobile device use policies in place, as well as regularly updating antivirus software.

It was particularly important, the participants noted, to train staff to recognise threats to information security (such as phishing attacks that often masquerade as Covid-19 information), and to allow two-way communications in attempted cyber attacks.

The webinar was moderated by Miloš Stojković, member of AmCham’s Digital Economy Committee.