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Remote Work Security: Protect Your Network from Phishing

phishing: the fraudulent practice of emails disguised as a real company or a known contact trying to gain access to personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

With many organizations extending their remote work dates, cyber attack threats are predicted to be even more on the rise in the coming months. Cyber criminals are not only trying to infiltrate organizations’ networks, but are now targeting remote employees. In the past 6 months alone phishing has increased over 300%. Network breaches are happening, but we have the expertise to protect your organization. In this blog we will speak to some important actions you should take to reinforce your overall cyber attack protection plan.

Because so many employees are working remote and the majority of internal communications are being done via email, specifically phishing is on the rise. With increased video meetings, quick link sharing between emails, and our reliance on the internet, some of our guards may be down and our tendency to click on infected emails has gone up. Cyber attackers are even getting smarter; they will send an email from what “looks like” someone you may know, but maybe with a letter disposed incorrectly. But you may not even notice the misspelling. The same goes with websites you frequent.

Things You Can Do


  • Be extra aware of who the email is from before opening an email. Double check the email address as well.

  • If you are unsure in any way, you can start a separate email to the person who sent it to you and inquire if they sent you the email in question. Do not reply to the email, compose a separate email.

  • If this was a work email, you can typically send it to your IT department to inspect and look into it for you.

  • Use a VPN (virtual private network) if you are able to, this will protect your computer and keep your information safe.


  • Make sure your employees have the training and awareness of how to prevent network vulnerabilities on an individual basis.

  • Monitor internal and external security threats and incidents.

  • Enable VPN use and virtual desktop so that system and software upgrades are always up to date.

  • Ensure your network is protected by regular external vulnerability scans. These will help your IT department proactively monitor if it is at risk for any cyber insecurities.

Don’t know where to start? Powernet offers IT managed services and an all-in-one Cyber Attack Protection Plan. This plan not only scans your network monthly, you also gain access to cyber security specialists and $100,000 cyber security insurance in the event of a cyber attack.

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