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Teleworking and the security risks of freemium messaging apps

COVID-19 is leading an ever-increasing proportion of the workforce to telecommute from home, and many of those employees are being pushed towards using freemium messaging apps for work related communications. With articles such as “A guide to use WhatsApp while working from home” in The Economic Times, and limited enterprise approved and managed alternatives, it’s doubtful this will change in the short-term. However, this trend should raise red flags for CTOs and IT departments around the world. For full article, please visit: https://telecom.cioreview.com/cxoinsight/teleworking-and-the-security-risks-of-freemium-messaging-apps-nid-31338-cid-39.html

Coronavirus: combating the security risks of working from home

With millions of employees now working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts are warning of an imminent new wave of cyberattacks. Tom Kellermann, who served on a presidential cybersecurity commission during the Obama administration, warns; “There are nation-states that are actively taking advantage of the situation, particularly our Cold War adversaries, and we need to be keenly aware that they are aware of the lack of security that is presented by everyone telecommuting.” In the face of these new threats, be they state-led, criminal or industrial espionage, authorities are recommending increased vigilance. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has said tha

Over 60,000 private WhatsApp groups accessible online

WhatsApp is back in the news for all the wrong reasons: displaying their willingness to prioritize commercial gain at the expense of their users’ privacy and security. It was revealed last week that private group chats on the platform can easily be found via a Google search. Multimedia journalist Jordan Wildon, of Deutsche Welle, broke the news, tweeting "Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are." Which is an understatement to say the least! The problem arises from the feature "invite to the group via link" which it turns out allows groups to be indexed on Google and other search engines, making them. Joining one of these groups will of course reveal the contents of t

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