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Key Cybersecurity Challenges in the Hybrid Workplace
Employees have shown a desire for a hybrid workplace, with research indicating that hybrid workplaces result in better working results. This convenience is now a persistent cyber risk for firms, regardless of whether on-site or remote staff.
Fremont, CA: The epidemic has produced a seismic upheaval in our life and work. Many businesses are gradually returning to offices, although an estimated 40 percent of the US workforce works remotely. The following are the top five problems in this new hybrid environment:
Cyber-attacks against remote work infrastructure are on the rise
Companies increasingly depend on cloud technology and remote connectivity options such as VPN to facilitate remote working. Unfortunately, cyber-attacks on cloud services have increased by above 600 percent, and hackers exploit flaws in VPN gateways. In addition, the frequency of Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) brute-force assaults is also increasing substantially.
Remote workers are less challenging to target
Remote employees may also experience a lack of internet access or speed, which slows software-update patching and may expose weak points to thieves. Unauthorized software and shadow IT can potentially damage a company's overall cybersecurity posture.
Need for more robust data protection and authentication
Data protection of sensitive information becomes a lot harder across the expanded internet-based perimeter. As a result, access to sensitive data requires a more robust set of checks and balances than you would usually use in a standard traditional office environment.
Virtual workplaces lack physical security and are not monitored
One of the reasons why giant corporations' physical offices are teeming with security employees is that the architecture aids in the disposal of private information in its physical form. Entry barriers, for example, can assist prevent tailgating, but paper shredders can help destroy physical assets that may hold sensitive information.
Human-centred security is losing ground
Home distractions are a Key source of security failures, as evidenced by lockdown data. In addition, employees are vulnerable to social engineering frauds like phishing and vishing. One wrong move may result in a breach, resulting in severe financial losses and irreparable reputational harm. Cybercriminals are well-versed in human psychology and stress-related pandemics. Google reported a record two million phishing websites in 2020 alone, while ransomware assaults climbed sevenfold.