Focus: the priority of the next 90 days, user safety

What makes computer security so important these days?

Simply because cybercriminals have never been more active. This is due to the fact that the use of internet and other related services are much increased. People are more and more connected. And unfortunately less and less vigilant. On the other hand, telework has become a trend. People are working more and more from home. Companies have been forced to open their systems to facilitate remote work. And this, to the benefit of cyber-malveillance.

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On the other hand, computer security specialists have observed a rather exceptional increase in cybercrime and computer attacks overall. Internet users are increasingly unsafe in the face of the anxiety caused by the pandemic. Moreover, telework for many companies was a sudden action so very ill-prepared and controlled. In this regard, Cisco Switzerland specialist Bremtane Moudjeb noted: "Because we had to move very quickly, the safety issues posed by videoconferencing were not an immediate priority. The health of employees was considered more important, and rightly so." In the same vein: "The pandemic and the associated containment are fostering new threats targeting telework and its practices, as well as the infrastructure that allows employees to maintain business continuity. Jerome Soyer, of Varonis, wrote.However, it is time to reframe things. It is for this reason that the director of Zoom France, Loïc Rousseau, noted: "Safety is a priority for the next 90 days. ».

Indeed, several companies have continued to decentralize their work area to opt for remote work. This allows them not only to ensure the continuity of their activities, but also to shelter their employee. However, the problems will soon arise. Some applications like Zoom have been much criticized during this period of rather blurred transitions. Loïc Rousseau comments on this: "What should be noted is that the safety and privacy of our users is one of the foundations for Zoom. It's really a priority for the next 90 days. It has already started because we have looked at these facts from the beginning. We will put all our energy into addressing this problem and improve security, ensuring that security is zero defects on the platform. ». But will this be enough to restore users' confidence? Especially when you know that large groups have decided not to use this application (Google, SpaceX). Moreover, still regarding Zoom, the problem related to accounts that would be for sale on the Dark web is still outstanding, even if its CEO promised to solve the problem a long time ago. "The 530,000 accounts that were used by the Dark Web are no longer in use and have not been updated. We will delete them immediately, they will be disabled. " wanted to clarify the director of Zoom France.

In addition, the vulnerability problem does not necessarily arise from the application or programs used. Sometimes the problem comes from the user himself. Poor digital hygiene could lead to a weakening of the company's security system. Humans are first and foremost the weakest link in the chain. Hackers know that. That's why they target people most of the time instead of targeting systems.

For video conferencing apps, it is recommended very clearly, those that will nevertheless favor the protection of their users' data. The most important thing is to ensure that certain information of a confidential or very sensitive nature cannot escape via the tool used by any user. To do this, two protocols are required: end-to-end encryption and multi-factor authentication. Only then can a communication application such as Zoom be able to easily wipe out its mistakes from the past.

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