Employees working remotely can be a hacker's paradise.
Covid-19 has drastically accelerated a trend that was mostly predominant in Anglo-Saxon countries: telecommuting. In cultures where working from home instead of an office was relatively non-existent, the pandemic has forced a sudden change. However, how many organizations are truly prepared to manage the IT implications of this "new normal"?
Working from home requires discipline. And part of the effort requires employees log into their employers' systems and internal applications securely, by following strict protocols. The use of the home WiFi networks, for example, is an implicit invitation for cyber criminals to compromise your organization's data. So is the potential access to sensitive data through home computer connections to your company network.
A surge in the number of workers who are new to working remotely dramatically increase the opportunities of success for cyberattacks.
The dangers of having a remote workforce.
A mobile phone or a laptop inadvertently left on the table of the neighborhood coffee shop or at the airport lounge represents an easy first step for a hacker to break into corporate systems. What about the employee's password written on a good old post-it note stuck inside the cover of an iPad, stolen during a subway ride? Employees working remotely are certainly more subject to theft.
Believe it or not, there are businesses out there that are still comfortable exchanging sensitive data between their corporate systems and remote machines over low-security and even unencrypted web protocols. It's a walk in the park for a hacker, especially if the remote employee uses public WiFi networks to exchange this data.
It is still pretty common for companies to grant the same privileges for remote workers as those they have when in the office. The consequence is dire. A cybercriminal can get total access to corporate systems in the event of a successful hack.
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