VPNs, commingled networks and bears—oh my.

Covail, which is the new name for Columbus Collaboratory, recently held a Q&A with Central Ohio cybersecurity experts to help companies address weaknesses sparked by the rise of work-from-home over the past few months. 

Kevin Jackson, chief information security officer for tech consultant Vernovis, plus Covail’s Troy Vennon and Jeff Schmidt shared tips that went beyond the norm. 

They pointed out, for instance, ongoing threats from the need to run work devices on home networks along with school-connected ones as home schooling may continue through summer. 

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The risk isn’t just that we’re all working from home on hastily constructed networks. The sharks really are circling because they smell weakness.

The three experts noted an uptick in “whale hunting”—the targeting of higher-level execs—and fallout from the Zoom bombs as hacked credentials make their way onto the dark web. 

The No. 1 advice there: Have employees change passwords, especially where they may have been used across multiple sites and accounts.

Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.