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– Remote work is predicted to continue after the pandemic
– Unprepared and remote working employees are vulnerable targets
– High risk for phishing and social engineering attacks

Employees who are not used to working remotely can become easy targets of phishing and social engineering attacks.

As we all know, the pandemic made us create different ways of working and home office became the new normal. New software’s were created to match the changed environment, and work tasks were adopted to be performed remotely, according to it governance.

 

Even when the pandemic ends, remote working is estimated to stay popular and with this come certain risks in terms of cybersecurity. A Gartner survey with 127 companies worldwide participating, has found that 47 percent of organizations will give their employees the choice of working full-time remotely when the pandemic is over, and 82 percent said their employees can work from home at least one day a week.

 

This environment leaves the cybercriminals with new opportunities and possibilities to strike. The employees often lean to have a risker behavior while working from home, according to IMF. Employees who are not used to working remotely can become easy targets of phishing and social engineering attacks. To be able to perform daily work tasks, employees rely on email and messaging tools to connect with colleagues and customers. This puts businesses and companies at greater risks since the likelihood of clicking on an infected or social-engineered email increases with the usage, stating IMF.

 

 

Distracted and tired employees

 

Almost 85 percent of data breaches are involved in defrauding people instead of hacking technical controls and exploiting code. While working from home, employees may be distracted by different interruptions, routine errands, notifications and interruptions from devices, etc. The distractions caused by remote working is likely to make them more vulnerable targets, according to it governance.

 

Another aspect is the tiredness associated with working from home. A/The Society of Human Resources Management study shows that 35% of employees are feeling tired or having low energy while working from home. This could be a major worry for organizations and business since tired employees are more likely to make mistakes and jeopardize the security of their company, according to MakeUseOf.

 

Many employees are also using their personal devices for two-factor authentication and the blurred lines between personal and professional life increase the risk that sensitive information may leak, stating it governance. When considering remote working, it is also important to observe whether the employees are using the companies VPN and safety instructions. With a connection to the employer’s network secured by a VPN, the employees can work under secure circumstances, according to MakeUseOf.

 

In conclusion, it is clear that remote working will continue to be popular and that security risks need to be managed. Businesses should create a remote working policy and consider using necessary tools and advice from experts in order to stay safer, according to it governance.