How to protect your remote workers from drive-by cyberattacks


Your employees must be strictly instructed to not visit shady websites or open random 'lottery ticket victory' links received via their emails or text messages. — 123rf.com

A 'drive-by' attack, also known as 'drive-by download', is a cyber social threat that cybercriminals generate to surreptitiously sneak into your organisation's data networks or to unload harmful viruses or malware in your systems. Drive-by attack victims are initially lured into visiting infected websites through hidden links, text messages, emails, and other ways. Once a victim falls for the trap and visits the website, the aforementioned malware is downloaded onto their device, to devastating results.

Problems like these and chances of these attacks happening have increased multi-fold ever since we all started working from home thanks to the Covid-19 induced lockdowns globally. Despite thinking that we have basic security in place, cyberattacks are regular since hackers are always finding new ways to break in with malicious software. The onus lies both on the employer and the employee to remain vigilant.

What are drive-by cyberattacks?

Drive-by attacks, generally, are caused due to the negligence of the employees working in your organisation. Such attacks can be dealt with easily with advanced data security tools.

In today's era of remote working, here's what organisations and their employees can do to prevent or mitigate the impact of such cyber threats:

Block potentially harmful websites

Your employees must be strictly instructed to not visit shady websites or open random 'lottery ticket victory' links received via their emails or text messages. Such links are usually the triggers for drive-by attacks.

Secondly, your organisation must install premium website blockers or antivirus applications on your employee's devices the day they join your organisation. Such tools can keep your workers from visiting shady websites and subsequently falling prey to drive-by attacks. As a result, whether your employees are working in their offices or remotely, they will be protected against such attacks.

Install multi-factor Authentication systems

As we know, IAM (Identity and access management) is a crucial aspect of data security. So, your organisation must use two or three-stage authentication systems to safeguard your cloud databases and operational networks. Tightening log-in controls with contextually aware security systems will be like shutting the digital door on the faces of most cybercriminals.

A data security firewall system is the best solution to deal with such threats as it is designed to continually monitor your organisation's data networks for all kinds of cyber threats before handling them (if they appear) in a hassle-free way. – Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Tribune News Service

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