Covid-19 and the rise of RDP attacks

Remote working is the new form of working in these challenging and extremely unprecedented times. The evolving situation with Covid-19 is directly creating new cyber security challenges and impacting the threat landscape.

Information security teams are having to deal with multitude of issues including higher volume of corporate traffic, managing employees who are working from personal devices, use of insecure Wi-Fi networks, installation of third-party applications and increased use of remote-access tools.

A popular application for accessing remote servers or workstations is the Remote Desktop Protocol. Global lockdowns have contributed to many servers and computers connecting remotely. As a result, the cyber security industry is experiencing a significant rise in cybercrime activity focussed on accessing corporate resources.

RDP attacks are likely to continue with a sharp rise recorded in March 2020. Companies using remote working technology need to monitor all program in use and ensure the programs are frequently updated.

The following tips can assist your company with minimising the risk of experiencing an RDP Attack:

  • Installing advanced security solutions on all devices.
  • Encrypting all devices that are used for work purposes by employees.
  • Ensure regular back-ups are taken of critical data.
  • Create stringent cyber security policies and guidelines.  
  • Ensure all software on employee devices is regularly updated.
  • Set unique and strong password to access corporate resources.
  • Provide employees fundamental cyber security training.

For employees we have compiled the following list of tips to assist you with implementing cyber security measures while working from home:

  • Use an advanced security software.
  • Enable two-factor authentication where possible.
  • Set strong and unique passwords.