More than three million people telecommuted from home via remote software for work-related activities in 2012, according to Global Workplace Analytics. Enterprises TV offers suggestions for businesses of any size and type about how to prevent remote log in hacking.
Cyber forensics experts urge businesses to update anti-malware programs to detect and halt any hacking attempt made through email servers and remote log in software. Malware named “Backoff” was found after several major name-brand merchants were hacked last year and credit and debit card data was stolen and resold. There are steps that businesses can use to prevent this type of attack – but it takes time and money to implement.
- Configure a remote desktop client to lock out user accounts after multiple failed log-in attempts.
- Require two-factor authorization for account verification.
- Separate payment processing from other networks such as email and database storage.
- Make sure all operating system are up to date with the most recent software available.
Several different versions of “Backoff” were found to be active since October 2013, and have been linked to at least three different forensic investigations. The malware’s capabilities include: key stroke logging, data uploading, updating malware and executing more malware.
The Enterprises TV show learns that most corporate networks are hacked through email servers and remote access software. While it may be a nuisance for remote workers to log-in more than once, it will more than pay off if it thwarts a hacker from stealing sensitive information or financial data.