silversurfer

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) this week sent letters to six Internet networking device vendors urging them to ensure that their products remain secure during the COVID-19 social distancing efforts.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to isolate themselves at home to help stop the virus spread, which resulted in a significant increase in the use of Internet networking devices for remote work, health, and education purposes.

As a result, Sen. Warner has urged Google, Netgear, Belkin, Eero, Asus, and Commscope to help ensure that wireless access points, routers, modems, mesh network systems, and related connectivity products cannot be easily exploited by malicious actors.

With the COVID-19 outbreak still spreading, workplaces, schools, and businesses shut their doors and people are increasingly relying on home networks and personal devices for connectivity, but the lack of proper cybersecurity measures means that these devices become a risk to larger workplace systems, opening the door for compromise.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Americans will depend on connectivity products to receive telehealth; remain connected with family, colleagues, employers, and friends; and to receive news reports, and guidance from government and public health officials,” wrote Sen. Warner. “During this time, the security of consumer devices and networks will be of heightened importance.”

“I request your attention and diligence to help protect the consumer devices you sell. Both new and older devices in use deserve protection from cybersecurity threats, including timely updates to mitigate vulnerabilities and exposures,” Sen. Warner wrote in the letters.
 

DDE_Server

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That is which i am afraid from. increasing the work from home to face corona-virus will increase attack surface for home user as many enterprises and corporation transferred their infrastructure to be suitable for home which will increase cyber security attacks chances for home users also as the targets will not specific for Enterprises only
 

oldschool

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That is which i am afraid from. increasing the work from home to face corona-virus will increase attack surface for home user as many enterprises and corporation transferred their infrastructure to be suitable for home which will increase cyber security attacks chances for home users also as the targets will not specific for Enterprises only
Most companies have their employees work at home with specialize router/modem add-ons like Barracuda, etc. configured by their IT dept. If not, they should.
 

DDE_Server

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Most companies have their employees work at home with specialize router/modem add-ons like Barracuda, etc. configured by their IT dept. If not, they should.
iam working for company and just has Global protect as VPN secure and policies deployed remotely in windows and some proxy app for forcing company proxy for web protection . Also has Mcafee End point and cylance nothing more which i see isn't enough
 

jc135

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There will never be enough security gadgets. And if commercial espionage is the goal of the attacker, they will find a way in. Where defenders have to secure all entry points, the attacker has to find only one flaw. The attackers have the advantage.

What is needed at this time is more eyes on deck monitoring SIEM and looking around. Tech support needs to be updated with challenge response for granting access to people working from home. Many companies are working with a skeleton IT crew and it is not appropriate for this time of need.
 
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