Boosting ‘Cyber Resistance’ In The Time Of A Pandemic

Boosting ‘Cyber Resistance’ In The Time Of A Pandemic

Spotlight

PAGEONE Group CEO Included As Expert In The Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal, APR included as one of the industry experts in the Social Media Trends 2021 Global Report by Talkwalker and Hubspot.

Transport Coop. Provides More Than 25k Free ‘Green Cards’ For Cashless Transactions

A transport cooperative operating in Las Piñas provides 25,735 passengers with the means to safely board and ride their solar electric jeepneys along the route of Alabang to Zapote.

The Importance Of Deepening Ties And Friendship On Online English Education

51Talk hosts the 2020 Sino-Philippines Educational Exchanges in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China.

DBP Backs Public Transport Sector Recovery

DBP is working closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in finding financial solutions to aid the country's transportation sector due to the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

People across the globe are slowly adjusting their lifestyles and daily routines with the continuous spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). With most establishments remain closed, and public gatherings cancelled, people have remained indoors and been dependent on technology more than ever. From ordering food, doing groceries and even being productive for work, people spend more time on their devices more than ever.

While most companies adapting to have their employees shift to a “work from home” set-up to keep them safe from contracting the disease, they are more vulnerable to various cyber threats. Being fully aware of the current situation, cyber criminals are making their way to hijack software and devices of victims who are not vigilant against malicious scams and tricks.

Seeing the danger and lack of cyber resiliency among organizations, Ashwin Pal, Director of Cybersecurity at Unisys, a global IT solutions provider, shares several tips how one could ‘build resistance’ against the ‘cyber security threats and continue working safely from home:

1. Do not fall for scams. The COVID-19 condition has allowed cyber criminals to exploit the work from home situation of many companies and their employees. If one unexpectedly receives an e-mail from work, be conscious about the content and its attached files and links. If the email and its content is unfamiliar, ignore it and delete it. Pal reminds everyone not to be fooled by any suspicious and unfamiliar content because this will serve as the predator’s gate to access and steal your information.

2. Regularly update your device and applications. Always remember to constantly update devices, especially since employees are on their phones and laptops during working hours and beyond that. Updating software and applications will secure devices from any bugs and spam-based software. Avoid downloading applications from third-party application stores, because these fake applications can spam your whole device, including your contacts.

3. Create backups. Telecommuting has turned devices into individual’s very own office space. It is significantly important to back up all devices, so retrieving and recovering data from devices will be made simple. There is a large amount of risk involved in ignoring the option to back up devices. Devices can be backed up on a laptop, a USB, or a hard drive to automatically save your data and information.

4. Security is key. As the cyber-virus finds ways to hack into devices to steal information through the internet, workers are encouraged to use encrypted URLs to secure data and privacy. Always ensure to follow URLs with “HTTPS”. The added S means the information being sent is secure and encrypted, so that only the intended recipient – in this case, the organisation – can see it.

5. Avoid using public Wi-Fi. Working from home has become the new normal for most individuals and organizations have temporarily issued free WiFi connections to ensure employees have access to the internet. Without one knowing, online scammers can easily hack the devices of individuals connected to the public WiFi in public places.

6. Work via VPN. To safeguard devices against fraudulent activities, working via VPN is highly recommended. A VPN can protect one’s data privacy by providing a verification process that can affirm that information is being retrieved by the right person. A VPN can enable employees to send and receive information through a private network. In this case, employees are able to protect their company’s private information.

The work from home situation is definitely a whole new world compared to the office environment. Though there may be no physical communication, the web has made maintaining regular communication with colleagues easier than it seems. With access to the internet and the web, companies can avail of video conferencing for meetings, updates, and ensuring the efficiency of everybody’s work.

Self-awareness and common sense are great factors of avoiding the cyber-virus and the cyber criminals searching for their next victim. One wrong move on the internet can change everything.

Bello: DOLE Eyes Europe As Potential New Market For Displaced OFWs

The government is looking at Europe as an alternative market for displaced overseas Filipino workers.

Families Living In Valenzuela’s Danger Zones Get Houses

Some 750 families residing in Valenzuela City’s danger zones are set to move in the "Disiplina Village Lingunan," a government housing project for informal settler families.

Dental Clinic Gives Glimpse Of New Normal

Here's what you should expect in dental clinics in the new normal:

Nograles: IATF Studying Calls To Relax Inbound Travel Policies

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announces that they are now studying policies easing inbound travel restrictions.

BOC-Clark To Donate Over 5K Seized Gadgets To DepEd

Over 5,000 electronic devices such as laptops and cellphones are set to be donated by the Port of Clark to the Department of Education.

Baguio To Host Ms. Universe-Philippines 2020

Who's excited for the Ms. Universe-Philippines 2020?!

Pandemic Parenting: Education In The New Normal

With the newly introduced distance learning, these parents remain resilient in facing the challenges brought about by it.

Globe Creates eModules To Guide Educators And Learners On Responsible Online Behavior

The Digital Insight eModules tackle the internet landscape in the Philippines while underlining imminent threats and risks such as cyberattacks and identity theft that digital technology users are exposed to and how the youth can be protected against them.

SMC Rolls Out Bicycle Program For Employees, RSA Urges Motorists To Safely Share The Road

The bicycle program rolled out by San Miguel Corporation allows employees to purchase a unit for around P2,000 to P3,000 that they can then pay for with no interest for twelve months.

NegOcc Links With State College For Employees’ Postgrad Studies

Negros Occidental partners with the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College based in Talisay City to grant 200 postgraduate scholarships for Negrense government employees.