As more employees work from home in the future, are businesses addressing the increased threat of cyberattacks?
When the Covid-19 pandemic began, every business that could pivot to remote work to continue operations did so. Even industries such as education, healthcare, and manufacturing found ways to shift their traditionally on-premises workforces to a work-from-home (WFH) model.
Increasingly, remote work is looking like it’s here to stay—even after the pandemic restrictions are lifted. A Gartner survey reports that 82% of companies plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic, and 47% will allow their employees to work remotely full time going forward.
One reason for this is that many businesses and their employees are realizing significant benefits of employees working remotely. Another survey of small and mid-sized business owners reports benefits including 19% improvement in employee availability, 15% improvement in job satisfaction, and 7% improvement in life satisfaction, as well as lower overhead costs.
Cybercriminals have rushed in to take advantage of increased fear and vulnerability, with 63% of respondents in an ESG cybersecurity survey reporting either a significant or slight increase in attempted cyberattacks related to the pandemic. Disruptions due to cyberattacks included:
As businesses moved quickly to pivot to a WFH model, cybercriminals moved faster to exploit new vulnerabilities and risks introduced by employees shifting from a secure workplace to an unsecured home.
Likewise, businesses that adopted or plan to adopt new technology to deliver virtual services, enable remote employee communication and collaboration, support customer needs as business is conducted virtually, or handle other essential capabilities, should be aware these tools can also expand the attack surface and increase cybersecurity risk.
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BEC attacks primarily use email, but can be carried out using SMS messages or even phone calls. These attacks are notable because they rely on social engineering techniques, meaning they use trickery and deception against people.
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