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The remote work model offers several benefits that you’ve likely taken notice of over the course of the pandemic. Remote workers have seen the benefits as well:
However, for all the ways remote work is beneficial to both the organization and end-users, it’s not without its challenges.
You’re reading this blog, which means you’re worried about remote cybersecurity to some extent — and you should be. More than 35% of organizations have dealt with a security incident due to an unsecured remote worker.
According to Morphisec’s Work-from-Home Employee Cybersecurity Threat Index, 20% of workers said their IT team had not provided any tips as they shifted to working from home.
Is that the case for your remote workers?
CISA has issued a warning to US businesses about the increase in phishing and other social engineering scams over the course of the pandemic. CNN even reported a 500% increase in phishing attacks when the pandemic began.
Do you and your staff members know how to spot a phishing email? You better make sure — the average phishing attack costs businesses $1.6 million.
Phishing is a method in which cybercriminals send fraudulent emails that appear to be from reputable sources to get recipients to reveal sensitive information and execute significant financial transfers.
Phishing attacks are mass emails that request confidential information or credentials under pretenses, link to malicious websites, or include malware as an attachment.
With only a surprisingly small amount of information, cybercriminals can convincingly pose as business members and superiors to persuade employees to give them money, data, or crucial information.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it hit fast.
Despite what, in retrospect, may have seemed like a gradual build-up, it was virtually over the course of a single weekend in March that businesses across the US had to pivot to a remote work model.
Obviously, the priority was maintaining business continuity. You needed to make sure your newly-remote workers had the technology and secure access necessary to do their work.
But the process doesn’t end there — security is a complicated undertaking for remote work models and requires ongoing attention.
Continuing with a remote work model, whether entirely or in part, will require:
It has become increasingly common for organizations to hire new staff remotely due to the restrictions on travel and in-person meetings. This remote hiring practice is very new to many organizations, who may also be struggling with how to train and monitor a new staff person remotely.
It’s important to recognize that when businesses start prioritizing remote access to data over that data’s security, they become an easy target for hackers.
Think of it this way — at the office. The same set of cybersecurity solutions protects everything. You have firewalls, antivirus software, hardware restrictions, regular software updates, and more. These are defenses that you’ve invested in and can trust.
Is the same true of your employees’ home networks and personal devices? Probably not.
With so many employees operating remotely from laptops or smartphones, how can you be sure that your data is completely secure?
Many leaders assume that a VPN is enough to protect their business while managing a remote work environment. That’s not necessarily true — one wrong step and a remote worker can put your network at risk.
Did you know that more than 90% of cybersecurity incidents can be traced back to human error?
Cybersecurity awareness training is an essential part of effective remote cybersecurity defense. Are your staff members supporting your cybersecurity or putting it at risk?
What you (and your staff) don’t know could hurt you. If your staff isn’t up to date on the latest cybercrime scams, then they’re putting your data at risk — simple as that.
The key to truly comprehensive cybersecurity is simple yet often overlooked: the user.
The best cybersecurity technology and practices in the world can be undone by one staff member who doesn’t understand how to use them or how to protect the data they work with.
The right training services will offer exercises, interactive programs, and even simulated phishing attacks to test your staff on several key areas:
If you plan to continue with remote work in one way or another, you may need to change your model of IT support — as you and the other leaders in your organization have likely discovered since the start of the pandemic, your ability to work remotely and securely depends directly on your IT support.
In the remote setting, technology is necessary so that you and your staff can:
GO Concepts can help — over the pandemic, we’ve gained extensive experience in helping our partners launch, optimize, and secure remote work capabilities. Now that the mad rush to go remote is over, it’s time to perfect your processes. You don’t have to do so alone.
Get in touch with the GO Concepts team to get started.