June 28, 2016
No access to the Internet in the workplace has got to be a security officer’s dream. Staff would not be able to accidentally download malware from dodgy websites, or share sensitive documents online.
This kind of thinking has lead officials in Singapore to decide to block the country’s public servants from accessing the Internet on work computers. It’s a ballsy move but one that the Intercomm Development Authority (IDA) in Singapore says will create a more secure working environment.
The Internet privacy Singapore policy will “plug potential leaks from work emails and shared documents amid heightened security threats,” according to newspaper reports.
Internet access Singapore changes are scheduled to begin in May 2017 and eventually apply to all of the about 100,000 public service computers. Employees will still have email, and they will also be able to access the web on their own personal devices as well as dedicated internet terminals.
Internet access is a key point of entry for cyber criminals. Hackers attempt to ‘exfiltrate’ or manipulate data where it is stored, processed or in transmission. Ransomware (attacks are forecast to spike this year) prevents access to data – unless a ransom is paid.
The ICIT (Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology) Ransomware Report warns that as new technology becomes available, more and more people and businesses will be connected to the Internet in a variety of ways, making them prime candidates for a cyber attack.
But it really takes just one negligent employee to open a malicious attachment or link – and mistakenly compromise an entire system.
While experts continue to weigh in on the Internet security Singapore decision, one message is clear: workplaces should not rely on technology alone as defence against cyber attacks.
Organizations must acknowledge that whenever they’re connected to the Internet, they’re at risk, said the ICIT Ransomware Report. While de-linking from the Internet will help to eliminate risks, here are cyber security best practices that will go a long way in protecting confidential information too:
Policy and Procedures
A Clean Desk Policy protects confidential paper and digital information in the workplace too.