Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off

Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off

Posted October 27, 2020

Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off

  • Hackers are breaking into networks of organisations ranging from tech companies to local governments and almost every other sector; encrypting servers, services and files with ransomware before demanding a bitcoin ransom that can be measured in hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
  • “You have a much bigger attack surface; not necessarily because you have more employees, but because they’re all in different locations, operating from different networks, not working with the organisation’s perimeter network on multiple types of devices. The complexity of the attack surface grows dramatically,” says Shimon Oren, VP of research and deep learning at security company Deep Instinct.
  • For some people, their work laptop might be their only computer, which means they’re using these devices for personal activities too like shopping, social media or watching shows.
  • The reason ransomware remains lucrative is because victims pay the ransom, opting to do so because they perceive it as the best way to restore the network. But paying the ransom means attacks will just continue.

– Danny Palmer | October 27, 2020