2020 has proven to be a transformational year in terms of business. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses to rapidly deploy a remote workforce in order to maintain business continuity. While remote working has steadily increased in recent years, the pandemic has vastly accelerated the trend. According to a Gallup poll, 62% of Americans are currently working from home due to the pandemic. While remote working offers cost savings, increased productivity, and several other benefits, working from home can present significant risks.
With the drastic increase in people working from home, cyber criminals have made remote workers a direct target of their attacks. Hackers are always ready to exploit any vulnerabilities, and the quick deployment of a remote workforce has left many workers unprotected. Specific vulnerabilities include:
- • Working from unsecured devices
- • Phishing emails
- • Weak passwords
A remote workforce also increases the attack surface of an organization. In other words, it increases the number of endpoints in which cyberattacks can occur.
Remote working is a must to maintain business operations during these difficult times. And all indications are that remote working will continue and increase in the future. Unfortunately, cyber criminals won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Therefore, securing remote workers should be the utmost priority. Here at SyCom, we are experts in cyber security. Contact us today to ensure that your remote workers and organization are protected and avoid costly cyber attacks.