Teleworking is a concept that has been around for years. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly everyone around the world to stay in their homes, as many governments and businesses have adopted social distancing techniques to limit or slowdown the spread of the virus, increasing the number of telecommuters to unparalleled levels worldwide in a matter of weeks.
Even though many companies already have remote work policies in place and are well equipped for this type of work environment, cybersecurity risks are swelling as the number of employees working from the comfort of their homes continues to rise.
“As an organization, you face the same cybersecurity threats whether you have 10 employees telecommuting or 10,000. What changes is the scale and the probability of a security breach, especially if you are in a rush to implement a remote work policy,” states Raheem Beyah, executive program director of Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity. “Many of the top cybersecurity threats that we currently face have been around for years, it’s just that teleworking at such a large scale has brought them to light today.”
Here are three common threats to cybersecurity to be aware of:
In such an unprecedented time of uncertainty and isolation, awareness of the circumstances and potential threats is the first step to avoiding any further complications. But what else can you do to minimize these risks and avoid a breach? Read our article on Staying Cyber-Safe while Teleworking for eight helpful tips.