Home Router Vulnerabilities That Could Impact The Work Environment

Five out of six name brand routers, such as Linksys, NETGEAR and D-Link, contain known open-source vulnerabilities according to a report by the American Consumer Institute on router safety.

Justin Jett, Director of Audit and Compliance at Plixer:

“The recent report showing that 83% of home routers have vulnerabilities should be a concern for IT professionals. While protecting the network will always be a challenge, it becomes even more so with remote employees joining the organization’s ranks. According to a survey by Zogby Analytics, “IDC expects mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters of the U.S. workforce by 2020.” Because these employees will be connecting to the office from their home router, IT professionals should monitor every conversation coming from these remote employees into the business. Network traffic analytics should be used to ensure that vulnerabilities from home routers don’t provide hackers a foothold into the corporate network from remote workers. Three-quarters of the workforce is a large surface area for malware to enter the organization, especially with 83% of home routers already giving access to hackers.”