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Proactive Measures Against Remote Work Security Risks | Company Cybersecurity

21st September, 2023

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In an era where more individuals work online, and as services continue to shift towards digital platforms, the cybersecurity threat landscape facing companies is on the rise. Moreover, as more people adopt remote work or work-from-home arrangements, the spectrum of remote work security risks has expanded significantly.

Deloitte's research underscores the heightened cybersecurity concerns that have emerged, especially during the pandemic, when many businesses underwent rapid digital transformations. For instance, Switzerland experienced more than double the usual volume of cyberattacks in April 2020. Additionally, a disturbing trend emerged between February and May 2020, with over half a million individuals worldwide falling victim to security breaches that resulted in the theft and illicit sale of personal data from video meeting users on the dark web.

Furthermore, the sophistication of phishing attacks has been steadily increasing, and the cybersecurity landscape has grown more intricate and diverse. These developments necessitate a proactive approach by companies to address security issues, aiming to prevent hacks and attacks rather than reacting after they occur. It is also imperative for companies to devise strategies for detecting and responding to security breaches, ensuring business continuity.

Various factors contribute to the cybersecurity risks associated with remote work, and employers can take multiple measures to mitigate these risks. The following sections delve into six global remote work security risks and elucidate how companies can effectively confront these challenges to safeguard their operations.

What are the risks associated with Remote Work?

Remote work, though convenient, carries its own set of security vulnerabilities. Employees, often unintentionally, can inadvertently expose your network and confidential company data to threat actors. When companies suddenly transition to remote work, employees may struggle to maintain a secure work environment.