One of the largest changes to come out of the pandemic is the way in which we work. Before COVID-19, many businesses — especially those in Silicon Valley — were already starting to make a transition into remote working. Showing up at the office for a standard 9 to 5 shift was slowly becoming a thing of the past. But now, this trend has increased exponentially, and nearly all organizations that can adopt remote working have done so.
But adopting and adapting are two different things. Now more than ever, it’s important for organizations to develop the IT infrastructure and cybersecurity practices necessary for this transition — a transition that may end up more or less permanent even after the emergency passes.
We live in a time where entire cities are crippled due to ransomware, and data breaches occur on an almost daily basis. Meanwhile, the average person does not have the experience required to maintain strong cybersecurity hygiene in their private home. Given enough time, even the most tech-savvy person is likely to make a mistake. From insecure router settings to family sharing, all it takes is one slip-up to compromise your organization.
Many of these risks can at least be mitigated through proper training. It’s important to communicate to employees about the threats they face — especially when they don’t have office protections available, like office firewalls or encryption. Remote workers should be trained to spot security threats. They should know how to identify phishing attacks and Business Email Compromise scams, and should be frequently tested in this knowledge.