Remote Worker Security Issues

Over the last few years, we have seen many companies offer full-time or part-time remote work options for their employees. Most of these companies spent months preparing for the switch by training their employees, setting up remote work policies, and ensuring the necessary infrastructure was in place to deal with cybersecurity threats.

However, many companies were forced to make the switch overnight when COVID-19 hit. Very few got the chance to fully prepare themselves, which left them more vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches. The lack of remote worker security is exactly what cybercriminals are capitalizing on.

According to the FBI, daily cybersecurity complaints increased from 1,000 to 4,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic. With hacking, ransomware, and phishing attacks on the rise, failing to provide robust remote worker security makes you open to cyberattacks.

Risks and consequences of not updating your remote worker security protocols and training programs

For starters, your existing protocols and training programs were created in a pre-pandemic world. However, things have since changed drastically. Now, remote workers access critical company data through connections and devices that may be beyond your control, making your company more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats than ever.

Failure to update remote worker security protocols and training programs could lead to the following consequences:

Employee inaction and dip in morale: If you don’t train your remote workers to identify or deal with new types of security threats, they may feel helpless or indecisive in the face of an attack. Moreover, being a remote worker, they may find it hard to ask for or get support.

Hampering of business growth: Cyberattacks hamper your credibility and reputation in the market. This can make it challenging to acquire new customers or retain existing ones because they don’t trust you with their information.

Business paralysis: There has been a massive rise in cyberattacks over the last few months. And such attacks typically lead to website downtime, lost revenue, unplanned costs, and disruption of business operations.

Compromise of crucial business information: If you fail to defend yourself and your remote workers, cybercriminals may end up getting away with everything from confidential client data, patents, sales information, business plans, and much more.

Financial implications: 2020 has seen a 109 percent spike in ransomware attacks in the United States. But paying the ransom is not the sole financial implication. A breach could see you lose money, your clients’ financial details, your reputation, and much more.

Legal sanctions: If you fail to adequately protect yourself against cyberattacks, you could face everything from consumer lawsuits, hefty fines, and sanctions, to even a business shutdown. Our next blog describes how to protect your company and improve remote worker security.

Our next blog describes how to protect your company and improve remote worker security.

Data Sources:

Nexusguard Q2 2020 Threat Report

2020 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report

Vivitec specializes in Cybersecurity and Managed IT Services. We know your business relies on technology and Vivitec believes your experience should be Simple, Secure, and Reliable.

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