Strengthening remote protocols with multiple interfaces and set up of strong local security policies within laptops can mitigate risk


Dr. Harsha E Thennarasu
Chief IT & Cyber Security Advisor, HKIT Security Solutions


Measures adopted for combatting threat 
Customers must ensure, are there any vulnerabilities that are residing in their laptops, those are major challenges for customers.  Their laptops might consist of hidden BOTs and malware, spyware, etc., employee safety depends on the customers, IT and security guys to ensure patches and updates, etc.

Educating customers & employees  
Regular webinars and video conferences are being used to bring continuous awareness. Increased the frequency of training from quarterly to monthly and bimonthly. Also we have designed an online survey type assessment which can evaluate the understanding of the employees.

Mitigating threat situation 
We have a solution like MDR with a proactive approach and instant response on the incidents reported, not being allowed to reach to employees. Even if there is any new variant of ransomware, employees are well educated to understand malicious files received and links over email.  Even we have customized rules to block file less Ransomware.

Upcoming threat 
There is an increase of traditional malware/viruses/spyware with new methodologies, where industry is overlooking these vulnerabilities. More raise on file less ransomware is expected, those are targeted through simple text codes which are compiled by local svchost.exe file and compile ransomware internally by passing all security mechanisms built around. 

Safeguarding customers & employees 
By strengthening remote protocols with multiple interfaces and set up of strong local security policies within their laptops, can mitigate the risk.  Which is the only solution to prevent security breaches on remote workers.  Definitely cybercriminal will have less mileage.