With bring your own device (BYOD) becoming an integral part of today’s corporate culture, organizations are faced with the challenge of dealing with hackers accessing corporate IT resources from non-company equipment. During the end of year holiday period, most office-based businesses choose to keep their shutters down, leaving their IT departments unmanned. This in turn leaves key IT applications at heightened risk of hacking and denial of service attacks, malware infections and unauthorized access. In view of this, GFI Software newly released guidelines for businesses planning to remain closed during the festive season.
A surge in sales of iOS, Android (News - Alert) and Windows 8-based tablets and smartphones indicates that this year, an unprecedented number of users will remotely access company resources – particularly e-mail – for the first time.
“The holiday season traditionally poses a big challenge for organizations of all sizes, as the need to monitor and maintain IT systems has to be balanced against the need for staff to take time off. However, IT staff face additional challenges, as not only do they need to consider the reoccurring threat of networks and systems being targeted during the quiet holiday period, but also the risk posed by employee devices being used for remote access,” GM of infrastructure at GFI Software, Phil Bousfield, explained in a statement.
GFI Software pointed out that combined with the risk of various forms of cyber attacks, there could be additional risk of natural disaster, power outages, burst pipes and burglary. Due to this, GFI strongly recommends that companies take strict precautions to ensure that networks and servers are as robust as possible in the face of heightened security threats over the holiday period.
The company prescribes a few basic tactics that can help protect corporate assets, while staff are away enjoying the holidays, making snow angels and filling their stockings. These include:
Just last week, GFI Software released its VIPRE Report for November 2012, a collection of the 10 most prevalent threat detections encountered last month, which included e-mail threats disguised as notices from American Express (News - Alert), DHLand UPS as the holiday season kicked into full gear, as well as a phony Twitter Video application on Facebook and mobile malware disguised as the latest Angry Birds game.
To learn more about GFI, visit www.GFI.com.
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