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Balancing Data Security With a Remote Workforce

Triangle Business Journal

  • April 10, 2020

Sarah Hutchins co-authored a column in the Triangle Business Journal with practical tips for companies on maintaining data security amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"With remote work on the rise as companies respond to the threat of COVID-19, securing confidential and personal data is more important than ever," Sarah wrote along with Catherine Lawson. "Working from home introduces new devices, networks, and people into your data security ecosystem, and there are some key protective measures that will help to shield your company and your data going forward."

"Cyber criminals will not take a break because of the coronavirus," they continued. "If anything, there may be an uptick in activity as they now have more targets to go after and a highly charged emotional environment within which to act and extort funds. The workforce may also face more distractions in reviewing and receiving emails. An increase in all kinds of phishing attacks is likely, from emails offering the latest coronavirus updates to demands for 'emergency' access to sensitive information. It is critical to remind employees of best practices to avoid anyone getting tricked into giving away data, opening malware, introducing ransomware, or getting around wire transfer protocols."

Subscribers can read the full article here. The Triangle Business Journal is the leading business publication in the Raleigh-Durham area.