Although the shift towards remote work has gained traction over the past few years, the onset of the pandemic has accelerated the shift. But, remote work is an absolutely new experience for many professionals and many of them are not prepared for the cyber security risks that comes with this shift.

Poor security awareness

About a quarter of the workforce demonstrated poor awareness about the security configurations of their mobile and computing devices. These include non-hardened laptops and end point devices.

Around 25% of the workforce have poorly configured Wi-Fi. These Wi-Fi hotspots are often insecure and open to attacks.

Again, around a quarter of the employees have poorly configured Anti Viruses.

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New attack surfaces

The advent collaboration apps such as videoconferencing tools has given attackers new vectors. The flaws identified in Zoom recently is an indicator and it is only bound to increase.

The role of IT/ Information Security in safe transitioning

Remote workers depend on the IT and the Cyber Security team for right advise and tools. Hence, IT and Information Security  can play a significant role in spreading awareness on;

  1. Identifying and reporting suspicious emails/ phishing attacks
  2. Being cautious of attachments
  3. Antivirus operations
  4. Updating software
  5. Tips for securing personal computing devices

When new apps go mainstream

Collaboration apps like Zoom, Slack, Teams have seen a significant upswing. A prudent risk analysis of such apps and development of protocols for their usage will play significant role in downgrading the risks.