Safeguarding Against the Cybersecurity Threats Posed by Hybrid Employment

Safeguarding Against the Cybersecurity Threats Posed by Hybrid

It’s no wonder that the dynamic nature of hybrid working has resulted in new security threats, but these new problems may be overcome with the adoption of the newest cybersecurity technologies. That is why, according to Gartner, global spending on information security and risk management technology and services climbed 12.4% to $150.4 billion in 2021.

For many businesses, hybrid workplaces offer a desirable working environment. However, a functional and secure hybrid workplace needs some strategic planning and administration. Hybrid workplaces, by their very nature, entail a variety of security issues. Security executives must enlighten themselves and their employees about the dangers they face and how to effectively prevent them.

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Because of mobility and human error, cyber and phishing attacks are on the rise

Over the last two years, a steep spike in the number of employees taking their devices from home to the workplace and wherever else they want to work, has seen a huge increase in cyber and phishing attempts, with human error becoming a more common source of data breaches.

Despite the fact that the number of ransomware attacks has reduced over the last year, the average recovery cost has almost doubled to $1.85 million, according to Sophos. Because of the mobility of hybrid employees, cybercriminals have shifted their focus away from large-scale, generic, automated attacks and toward more focused attacks involving human hands-on-keyboard hacking.

Security of the network, devices and documents

Effective and up-to-date anti-virus software should be installed on every employee’s work laptop or desktop, at the absolute least. It’s also crucial to keep an eye on any modifications made by third-party providers in light of any SLAs and data-sharing agreements in place and to analyze the risks posed by such changes. Consider adding extra stages to specific operations to give additional safety. Implementing Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems, such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), might be one example. This may require users to take an extra step to authenticate their identity when signing on to the company network, team spaces, or project management applications, but it also allows IT managers to alter permissions more easily to avoid unauthorized access. It’s a minor extra step for employees to do, but it’s critical for the company’s overall security.

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Hardware considerations may provide a VPN-capable firewall, while in-office hardware selections, like printers and scanners, must be made with specific security characteristics in mind. Additional network security, individual device security, and document security should all be included.

Getting used to a new normal

With the emergence of COVID-19, businesses were quick to modify how they worked, and they can do the same as they acclimate to a future when remote and hybrid work is the norm. Companies can provide their employees with the freedom they want while still preserving their data with the correct policy modifications.

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