Lurking inside the hybrid workplace (the cross between working from home, a coffee shop, or co-workspace and the office) is a hacker’s fantasy and a cybersecurity nightmare.
Suppose you have a remote work policy to allow employees to bring their work outside the office. They switch from company networks to personal networks and don’t ensure their online security is well-established. In that case, your company could be facing a cybersecurity ordeal.
As nearly all office-based businesses switched to an all-remote workplace in 2020, hackers took advantage of poorly secured home networks and targeted corporate email accounts, unpatched software, and applications. Depending on creating a home office without distractions, some staff decided to work at alternative locations such as coffee shops and co-working spaces, accessing more vulnerable public wireless networks.
After a little over a year-long trend of working from home, many employees are enjoying this new work-life balance with the added benefits of money and time saved by not making their daily commute to the office. According to Microsoft, over 70% of workers want hybrid workplaces to continue their flexibility, and 66% of businesses are now adopting a new approach to this new work model.
However, the constant switches between home and office have made it difficult for security teams to safeguard in-office and remote networks, which puts organizations at increased risk for malware, data theft, and virus infections.
Scary Statistics that are Eye-Opening
It is most likely your employees not only don’t know exactly how secure their home networks are, but they also don’t update home network software or firmware regularly.
Microsoft’s New Future of Work Report compiled findings related to how people’s work practices have evolved since the start of the pandemic. One of the topics within this extensive report is a section on IT and Security where security professionals, including SOC Analysts, security admins, and CISOs, were polled to understand how remote working has impacted the state of organizational security. Within this poll are some pretty alarming results:
- 80% encountered increased security threats since the switch to remote working.
- 62% phishing campaigns were the most increased security threat.
- 28% of compliance IT professionals said that the biggest threat was increased employees’ devices to access company data.
- 37% of organizations’ end users don’t have security training.
Ready. Set. Secure.
Eventually, we will be returning to the office full time, or we may discover that future employees need the flexibility to work between both in-office and remote office sites. But now is the opportunity to implement new policies and consider new solutions to keep your company data and assets less vulnerable.
Just because you have invested in security at the office, defend your company against other ways to hack into your networks if work is being done offsite:
- Knowledge is Power.
You can’t expect your employees to play defense constantly. If you still have many of your employees working remotely, establish a basic level of security training.
- Spam belongs in a can.
Create spam filters to take away the problem of spam emails. Do you also have the same methodology for phishing scams?
- With the new addition of IronScales, Strategic Network Consulting (SNC) has a security stack covering enterprise-level security for the end-user.
- Don’t think of it as “Software as a Service” but instead “Security as a Service.” We continue to improve our tools to help you eliminate phishing emails from the source. While we don’t want to dismiss end-user training, removing the threat from your employees’ hands is the primary route to go, especially from remote work locations.
- Properly guarded access.
Ensure that your access points utilize multi-factor authentication and opt for a cloud-based service like Microsoft Office365 suite, read more about how switching to a cloud service can save you $50k per year.
We Got Your Back.
You don’t have to figure this out alone. At Strategic Network Consulting, we offer consultation and solutions to prevent home users from being vulnerable to points of attack, primarily with secure methods of data control and Security as a Service for home devices that access company information.
We know the best methods to safeguard your data while still following the required standards for your organization.
We are cybersecurity experts and know how to help you make your networks secure and train your employees to not only keep your business safe but in compliance.