Explained: Cyber Crimes in the Age of Remote Working

Cyber Crimes in the Age of Working From Home

The topic of cyber crimes and cyber attacks – especially while a huge number of employees have adopted remote working from home – is something being discussed all over the world. It is, perhaps, the hottest topic in the minds of government, private entities, and individuals alike.

During the pandemic, almost all businesses around the world closed their physical offices and temporarily offered their employees the ability to work from home. Unfortunately, style of working from home also brought with it a significant amount of cyber-related issues, where there is a constant threat to the systems to lose their security. 

Thefts, Pranks, Activism, Espionage, and other serious crimes all exist in the context of cyber networking and working remotely. However, phishing and spear phishing still remain potential threats to any organization- regardless of its size or the scope of its operations. 

Cyber Crime Categories

There are several types of Cyber Crime Categories: 

  1. Cyber Abuse: This is when someone is bullying, harassing, and stalking you online 
  2. Online Image Abuse: When someone has images of you and is threatening to post them online.
  3. Online Shopping fraud or romance fraud: When someone has misled you to buy something online, or asked to send money and you never get that item.
  4. Identity Theft: When someone tries to steal your personal information and make duplicates of your information, later sold or distributed online. 
  5. Ransomware or Malware: This is when someone tries to hack your personal devices using your IP address or device IMEI number. 

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Now, the major consideration here is to ask: how we are protecting ourselves and our businesses from these threats. There are a few steps one can keep businesses and their people safe, through adapting simple steps as following:

  • Update your data, passwords and multi-factor authentication information.
  • Regularly check your updates and check what’s the threat been discovered;
  • Use Anti Virus Software to detect any threats that are trying to attack your network.
  • Change Passwords from time to time; never duplicating login details.

If we talk in legal terms, in Australia, we can report all the malicious activities and fraudulent activities on cyber networking to ReportCyber the ACSC’s online reporting tool. ReportCyber assists members of the community to report different types of cybercrime. It also provides a reference number that victims can present to organizations (such as telecommunications carriers, banks, and credit reporting bodies) as part of recovery efforts. 

Reporting of incidents helps the Australian Government better understand the online threats impacting our community. The reported information is referred to as federal, state, or regulatory agencies within the relevant jurisdiction for investigation and in some cases, police actions” per ACSC Website. 

In regards to businesses, We at Best Practice helps to make your information more secure by providing certification through ISO standards 27001 ISMS. This international standard will protect your business’s Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.

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