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Remote workers under attack

Attacks on remote desktop applications, VoIP telephone systems and virtual private networks (VPNs) used to connect firms to remote workers and regional offices have more than doubled this year warns business ISP Beaming.

Sonia Blizzard, Managing Director, Beaming
Sonia Blizzard, Managing Director, Beaming

Its analysis shows that UK businesses were subject to more than 600 cyber attacks a day between July and September. Unauthorised attempts to take control of connected devices, such as remote controlled security cameras and building control systems, accounted for 63% of all internet-borne cyber attacks. Attacks on company databases made up 16% of attacks.

Beaming MD Sonia Blizzard said: “We are seeing evidence that hackers are turning their attention to technologies that support branch offices and remote workers. The rates of cyber attack on internet telephony systems, remote desktop applications and virtual private networks have more than doubled since the start of this year.”

She added: “As more people choose to work remotely, these technologies are becoming increasingly important. They need to be protected properly if they are to create value and not new areas of vulnerability. Data must be encrypted where it is stored and while travelling across the internet. Strong protections should be put in place to secure company devices and people should be trained on how to avoid the main cyber security risks they might be exposed to.”

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