Friday, May 18, 2018

A game in the work break

After several hours working with your computer, hours by the phone with a client, long meetings starring at a clock, it’s finally your resting time at the office. They’ve talked to you about a really cool game for your smartphone so you download it so you can be distracted. You play a couple of games while making your coffee in the machine and you read your personal email on the computer. It all seems harmless…  

By using the computer in your workspace for your personal stuff you are risking your personal and your company data and information.

On another side, working with personal devices can be risky. A survey made by Clutch, two-thirds of their employees use an approved device by the company for working, but less than the half of the ones using a personal device is using a regulated one. From the surveyed that used a personal device at work, the 86% read their email and the 67% check company documents. When talking about passwords, most of the workers use the simplest protection method. 

Downloading an app or a game on your smartphone can seem like something normal and harmless but the reality is quite different. Some evil apps for Android about the game called Fortnite, are accessing to cameras, taking data from users and recording voices in the victim’s phone. ZScaler’s ThreatLabZ is investigating this event. 45 million people play Fortnite every day; this makes it one of the most popular games in the market. Epic Games had a version for iOS, but not for Android. So, when people start looking for the app in the android market all they see are fake apps full of malware. 

Every app downloaded in a device can risk your personal or company info. Every app that is downloaded in an app store will be executed in a zero trust environment. When publishing a protected app in an official app store, a vulnerability loop is open, leaving the app’s threat unnoticeable. 

Only trust official developers when downloading an app. By doing that you will be avoiding the risks for your company and you’ll be able to keep working in it. Someone that hasn’t been that lucky was Rob Joyce, The White House’s cybersecurity coordinator. Trump’s administration has decided to delete that job. Aside of that, the new president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has announced that there’ll be removed from the National Security Council (NSC).   

Before taking unnecessary risks, make your coffee, stretch your legs and don’t risk your job and, more important, don’t risk the private information and the data of your company. 


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