Working from home more than ever
As organisations have activated business continuity plans to respond to this crisis, there has been a dramatic and swift increase in the number of employees working remotely. In the United States alone, it has been estimated that up to 75 million employees (over 55% of the workforce) could be working from home because of COVID-19.disclaimer Transitioning, on scale, to these new ways of working requires consideration for how we continue to operate with effective risk controls and keep protecting valuable data and critical systems.
Concerns over cyber security
With unprecedented global interest in a single topic, there is an increasing number of threat actors, both cybercriminal and state-sponsored, leveraging this pandemic. This includes a dramatic rise in fake email (phishing) and text (smishing) campaigns. These messages often impersonate official COVID-19 information providers such as government agencies or offer scarce supplies such as face masks.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre has reported an increase in COVID-19 related scams and phishing emails. They have observed thousands of newly registered websites relating to COVID-19. Some are legitimate, but many are suspected to have been created for malicious purposes.disclaimer ANZ Cyber Defence are monitoring COVID-19 related phishing campaigns, and are working closely with partners to ensure robust controls are in place to protect ANZ customers and systems.
Managing security risks
Increased use of collaboration tools by remote workers, such as free cloud-based video conferencing and chat services introduce a number of risks if they are not within a company’s existing controls. There is increasing concern about the access a number of these free tools provide and the level of protection provided to personal information required to establish accounts.
It’s important to turn on your automatic app and software updates on all devices to ensure you have the the most recent and secure version. Using tools provided, tested, approved and monitored by your organisations is essential. It’s also advised where possible to keep work and leisure separate by using a personal device for non-work related online activities.
Staying safe and cyber secure
Now, more than ever, it is critical your employees understand their responsibilities and how they can help protect your company’s information, and how they can work from home securely.
ANZ takes the protection of our customers, staff and assets very seriously. We operate a global security operations centre that proactively manages our environment to ensure we adhere to strict government, privacy and regulatory requirements for information security. We are providing a range of support measures to our customers and will continue to do this throughout this challenging period.
For more information and tips on how to be safe online, visit ANZ CyberSecure or download Cybersecurity working from home (PDF 297KB)
For more information on how ANZ are supporting customers through COVID-10, visit the ANZ COVID-19 Customer Support hub