Trying to work out the post-pandemic work model? The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a monumental shift in how companies work. If your company is still in the experiential phase of this transition and you want to find an effective working model for your business operations and staff, you’re at the right place.

Cybersecurity Threats in Remote Work

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Among many other challenges, the cybersecurity risk is the biggest danger companies may face while transitioning to remote work. We live in a digital age, and as technological advancements continue to grow, cybersecurity threats are also increasing at a breakneck pace.

Home connections are typically insecure, and therefore cybersecurity criminals can easily enter the company network.

Considering the spread of the Delta variant, we can safely assume that the remote work is here to stay. According to a study on 200 businesses in North America, only one in five businesses are confident that their network security is sustainable for long-term remote work. At the same time, only 7.5% of the enterprises believe that their infrastructure is secure against phishing and ransomware.

So how can you ensure robust cybersecurity in the remote work model?

Here are a few things to consider;

Wi-Fi Network Security

Have your employees configured WPA2-Enterprise on their operating system? WPA and WEP have become a thing of the past. They’ve been hacked numerous times and offer only a minimal level of security. Employees also need to hide their network names from neighbors to ensure maximum safety.

Issue Corporate Devices

Work from home doesn’t only take place at homes. You can surely ask people to secure their networks, but they can work from anywhere they want, such as coffee shops, Airbnbs, or even at the airport. These places are highly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

It’s best if you issue a corporate device to the employees with pre-installed malware protection software and asset management systems like multifactor authentication

Consider the “People” Risk

Does your company deal with confidential documents and data? Companies like McKinsey deal with loads of sensitive information and files that can be screenshotted and shared with other people in the family.

To avoid this situation, cybersecurity professionals highly recommend setting up automatic screen locks and employing a virtual desktop to ensure that the corporate data is only stored in the company headquarters rather than personal laptops.

Budgeting for Network Security

Multifactor authentication is costly. But scaling up the network security solutions and VPN to handle simultaneous usage is even more expansive. One way to deal with this situation is implementing access control with software-defined segmentation. Access control segmentation also helps in reducing congestion in network traffic and improving productivity.

Gamify Security

Embed security training programs in your company culture and regularly educate your employees about cybersecurity concerns.

At Zoom, employees participate in activities specifically designed to spread cybersecurity awareness, such as the ‘Password Idol’ game, ‘Spot the Phish’ game, and Cybersecurity Trivia. They also earn prizes for these games.

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