Cyber Trends

Security Breaches of Remote Working

Working remotely has become the new normal for offices worldwide, and new emerging threats in terms of security breaches have come about.

Written by
Santiago Hernández
On
September 27, 2022

Following the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing brought about new practices in the workplace. Working remotely became the new normal for offices worldwide and new emerging threats in terms of security breaches came about.

According to a study conducted by the management consulting firm McKinsey (2022), “58% of Americans reported having the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week”. Approximately thirty-five percent of those surveyed reported having the opportunity to work from home five days a week. The study also highlighted that 87% of the respondents tookthe chance to work remotely whenever they had the opportunity to do so. Clearly, remote working is here to stay, and so are the threats behind it.

With the rise and boom of remote jobs, security concerns have risen within companies, with a note worthy increase in “insider threats”. Cybersecurity risks originating inside an organization pose a threat to an organization’s networks, systems, and data, especially as home devices were being used for business purposes.

In a study made by the software company Proofpoint ,the rise of remote working represented a significant increase in terms of the frequency and cost of those insider threats faced by organizations. It was revealed that “each incident cost nearly $500,000, with large organizations (with 75,000 or more employees) spending $22.68 million on average to fix insider-related incidents.” (Forbes, 2022).

To avoid or mitigate potential threats while working remotely, cybersecurity and anti-virus lab Kaspersky presented 10 remote working security tips:

1. Use antivirus and internet security software at home.

2. Keep family members away from work devices.

3. Invest in a sliding webcam cover.

4. Use a VPN.

5. Use a centralized storage solution.

6. Secure your home Wi-Fi.

7. Beware of Zoom and video conferencing.

8. Make sure your passwords are strong and secure.

9. Protect your online banking.

10. Be wary of email scams and your email security.

References:

Gaskell, Adi. “The Cybersecurity Challenges ofWorking from Anywhere.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022,https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2022/03/02/the-cybersecurity-challenges-of-working-from-anywhere/?sh=398f0c3414cc.

Kaspersky. “Cyber Security Risks: Best Practicesfor Working from Home and Remotely.” Www.kaspersky.com, 9 Mar. 2022,https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/threats/remote-working-how-to-stay-safe.

McKinsey & Company. “Americans AreEmbracing Flexible Work--and They Want More of It.” McKinsey & Company,27 June 2022,https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/real-estate/our-insights/americans-are-embracing-flexible-work-and-they-want-more-of-it.

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