“In particular in times of crisis, large
enterprises have a special responsibility,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO
of Siemens AG. “Living up to this responsibility also involves supporting
others, jointly developing solutions and sharing knowledge for the benefit of
all – just as the Charter of Trust partners have been doing for two years now.”
not only poses a health risk, but also a cybersecurity threat for many
companies. To reduce the likelihood of infection, much of the workforce is now teleworking.
Employees will also increasingly need to exchange sensitive data from home to keep
business operations from coming to a standstill. At Siemens alone, an average
of 130,000 employees all over the world have been connecting to the company’s
intranet from home since mid-March – nearly four times more than usual.
infrastructure at home, however, is typically less secure than at the office – a
vulnerability that hackers are increasingly exploiting. In addition, hackers
are trying to use e-mail scams, for example, to take advantage of the
uncertainty related to the COVID-19 crisis. This situation is making the
employees’ role as guardians of cybersecurity even more important. The CoT
partners’ eight recommendations can help avert hacker attacks:
- Bring home only the devices and
information that are absolutely necessary.
To enable large numbers of employees to log in to the Siemens network from home as securely as possible, Siemens IT experts took action when the corona crisis began in mid-March. Within just 24 hours, they set up stable intranet access for some 140,000 employees and have thus provided cybersecurity at levels similar to those available at the office.
More information on the Charter of Trust for more cybersecurity: www.charteroftrust.com