The pandemic has forced more than a million of us to the comfort of our homes. While working from home was always something we constantly talked about, we know the remote work life is not ideal. Working from our bed, in the comfort of our pajamas has its perks. But were the companies ready for this swift change?

Certainly not.

If we were to look at their security systems, we would certainly say no. Workplaces were not ready to be remote. They were not ready to break away from the traditional office to a new life. A large adjustment was in order for many organizations. The adjustments included in their human resources, management, working styles, and most importantly the security systems!

Were you aware that during this pandemic the world suffered an increase of 600% in cybersecurity? Ofcourse, businesses suffered the most during these unprecedented times. And their remote workers.

Remote workers faced the brunt of the security issues and the cyber attacks. They were also unaware of how to mitigate these new challenges and fix the issues of rising threats, accidents, and possible attacks? How were they supposed to arm themselves when they don’t know where to begin or what was wrong with their systems? An organization must be aware of every possible attack they may face and how to mitigate every single one of them. 

This is where the role of an ethical hacker comes into the picture. You can check this out to find out even more about what a true “ethical hacker” is. The ethical hacker also more professionally known as a penetration tester is someone who discovers all the vulnerability points and security weaknesses in the organization network, web-based applications, and even database.

The importance of these good hackers is on a significant spike. And rightfully so. There are so many reasons to implement penetration testing in your security plan for your business. 

Remote Workers Are Not Aware Of Cyber Security And Possible Attacks 

Most workers are unaware of the threats they may or may not have to face. It is the responsibility of the organization to make sure the remote workers are protected at all costs. They deal with the most intricate of business details and should not be at the risk of cyberattacks. 

Many businesses took the liberty of applying a virtual private network for the remote workplace for workers to access business files and sheets. They need to keep communication with one another on the organization network and must be able to have an efficient connection to other members as well as the digital work files.

A VPN is not all the protection a company can take. Even a VPN can be attacked and penetration testing can tell an organization the possible routes of attack when we are applying a remote workplace system. A VPN pen test will help an organization secure all possible attacks and protect the company files and information even while people work remotely. 

Preventing Phishing Attacks 

Many remote workers were at the end of phishing attacks last year. Phishing attacks happen by maliciously luring a user into providing sensitive information such as corporate passwords, emails, data, and so on. The cyberattack is done using emails and appears to be legitimate to most people.

Phishing can be done using the help of a simple URL or even a malicious attachment. The attackers have the power to use the data to conduct identity theft and potentially access sensitive corporate information and secrets.

This can put an organization in grave danger and loss in the case of a successful attack. A penetration test can prevent such phishing attacks by preparing the remote workers, educating them, and creating awareness. It can also identify every possible way for a phishing attack. 

Penetration testing is necessary to improve the overall cybersecurity of a remote workplace. Remote workplaces have become more vulnerable than ever and it is about time business organizations invest pen testing as a part of their cybersecurity plan. 

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Júlio Emilio Braz