Remote working putting organisations at risk of ransomware

A Safety News article.

The Government is urging Kiwi organisations to tighten up the way they enable remote working for staff to avoid the growing risk of cyber attacks.

Government cyber security agency, CERT NZ says the majority of ransomware attacks occur through poorly configured remote access systems, which businesses use to allow staff to access systems from outside the office.

While there are a range of these in use, one of the most commonly used is Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), with over 2,500 identified in New Zealand. RDP has a number of weaknesses, which means when it is used over the internet it can be exploited by attackers, and is a leading contributor to the ransomware incidents that CERT NZ receives.

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