The modern office has changed substantially in the last few months and even weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic and the surge in remote working around the world. The quick shift to remote work has changed the habits of employees, companies, customers, and society, making remote work much more possible but also a target for cyber attacks.
Working remotely doesn’t mean that common office problems like security and data protection can be forgotten. Remote employees still need to take action to protect data and information, and employers must address issues as they arise.
Governments worldwide have shifted to remote work, if not entirely, then at least partially in response to the Coronavirus. It didn’t take long to realize that this may be more than a temporary shift, as workers prefer to be remote, businesses save money, and teams find increased productivity.
However, moving the workplace offsite does not secure data, information, files, or other materials from thieves and hackers. In 2019, almost 40% of businesses had some type of security breach due to remote or mobile access, which could skyrocket in 2020.
In the last ten years, remote work became so popular that 70 percent of the workforce was working from home at least once per week. With the coronavirus pandemic, that number jumped drastically to – in many companies – 100 percent of workers working remotely.
Working remotely has its challenges for security, protection, and oversight. While some IT security teams need extreme protections immediately, most teams need the basics – network, digital, and data security – and the right devices.
Working from home may have become the new normal quickly, but that doesn’t mean that all the security processes and procedures were in place to make it safe. While some businesses could adapt quickly, some companies were under attack before they could even implement additional security.
What can your company do to ensure that employees working from home can protect their data, equipment, information, and networks?
More people than ever are working remotely, and that means that cybersecurity concerns are valid far beyond the office's doors. IT security is needed for every part of the company's computer network, and this can include the personal devices of workers.
It's true, we are living in rough and uncertain times. People are worried about what they will do with the bills, groceries, and things that they need while they are following stay-at-home orders and quarantines. Some have turned to seek unemployment while others have started to work from home.
Let's take a look at working remotely and what you may encounter along the way.