Telework: Community data security must be a priority

With the health context, the various services, whether private or public, have had to resort in some way to remote collaboration.

Unfortunately, this collaboration is not without risk. The risk here is well known. It's cyber malice. Hackers are taking advantage of certain misbehaviour in digital hygiene to initiate more and more computer attacks. Communities in the face of this situation are fragile. And this is not done to arrange data management being under their responsibilities.

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"Inaccessibility of websites, theft of sensitive data, ransom demands using malware (ransomware), hacking of Twitter accounts and other social networks, etc. The risk of cyberattacks has increased with the containment that has forced telework to many agents. Indeed, remote work has developed in a hurry, mostly without a suitable security framework: a boon for hackers. We need to be aware that cybercriminals are on the lookout for all (good) opportunities to infiltrate the computer systems of individuals, businesses, communities and even the state. The mass spread of telework and distance education gives them an opening," points out Olivier Daroux, the head of cybersecurity at SMACL Insurance, who is also a member of the Club of Information Security and Digital Security Experts, Cesin, who is trying to provide some advice on security.

Indeed, it is clear to everyone that the proliferation of connected workstations also means the multiplication of attack vectors. In communities, staff can easily open the door to cybercrime, such as a corrupted email or by accidentally installing malware. When the work has to be done on a personal terminal, the risk seems much greater. Indeed, on personal devices, it is not uncommon for the user to be much more relaxed in terms of prevention and computer security. Of course the task becomes much easier for cyber criminals

"Securing agents' remote work is therefore imperative to avoid cyber-piracy. In addition to integrating telework into IT security policy and appointing an IT Security Officer for Information Systems (RSSI), practices that are still uncommon in communities, the focus must be on raising awareness among officers and elected officials.The abuse of professional resources for personal activities can increase risky behaviours," stresses Clusive.

Indeed, we can see that the majority of computer attacks, draw their source from the lack of vigilance of users. As we know, cyber hacking practices are classic. Whether it's phishing or any other means, all techniques are already known and scrutinized. But if it continues. This is surely because users are stubborn enough not to follow the rules necessary for their computer security. And it affects the whole group especially when these people are in a company or in a team.

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