Beware of hackers as your employees work from home, experts warn companies
The coronavirus breakout has exposed firms’ poor tech infrastructure in combing unforeseen calamities despite Kenya being one of Africa’s silicon savannah, experts have observed.
In a detailed analysis, Jeremiah Chunge, a chief information officer at Genghis Capital, an innovative and customer-focused investment solutions provider has chided local companies for struggling to adopt to ‘work from home’ policy by government to minimize spread of coronavirus that is ravaging the world.
‘’Companies should have full cloud computing with remote work setup that allows the staff to work from anywhere in the world for as long as they have access to the Internet,’’ Chunge said.
According to him, very few Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in organizations around the world with virtualized environments and secure remote access had a seamless shift for Business Continuity Planning (BCP) to maintain operational continuity with minor input required.
He added that although many employees value the benefit of working from home, a lot of companies in Kenya and Africa in general lack the technology infrastructure to offer that capability effectively.
Cyber Security Lecturer at Strathmore University Bright Mawudor on the other hand, afraid that most firms had not prepared employees on how to tackle issues around cyber security.
According to him, hackers are likely to take advantage of the coronavirus confusion to harvest vital unsecured company information from ill prepared employees entering back end systems from home.
Another Cyber Security expert Derrick Munde, founder of Fanisi Internet has warned that hackers are likely to take advantage of the cashless order issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta to invade mobile money wallets and financial institutions.
According to him, phishing is likely to be the key route by hackers.
His warning is coming on the backdrop of a survey by CNBC that revealed cybersecurity risks have increased by a third as a majority of their employees work from home.
According to the survey, almost 85 per cent of the senior technology executives surveyed said at least half of their workforces are working from home; 25 percent of organizations are now entirely remote, and more are nearing that goal.
According to CNBC, phishing and other cyber scams risen 40 per cent with experts warning that the level of cyber risks is likely even higher than the survey indicates.