Remote Working: The Security Risks

Remote Working: The Security Risks

As lockdown restrictions continue to change throughout Australia, employees are now well equipped with the notion of remote working. One great outcome of the pandemic has been a rise in employment for remote working only roles, meaning organisations are able to hire the very best from anywhere around the country. 

However, working remotely comes with a wide range of tech issues, dangers, and security risks that otherwise would not occur when working from the office. Many employees are not skilled with resolving problems that may arise with their technology, such as internet connectivity bandwidth, cybercrime or device malfunction.

The Velocity Smart Technology Market Research Report 2021 found that 70% of remote workers have had IT issues throughout the pandemic, and 54% have experienced extensive wait times for their IT department to help resolve the issue.  

As organisations encourage employees to continue to work remotely on a part-time or full-time basis, various security risks need to be addressed to prevent employees from being victims of cyber-crime. 

  • Without security protections such as firewalls and blacklisted IP addresses that office systems provide, attackers can target employees directly. 
  • With many organisations using cloud-based services for remote work, those documents, emails, attachments and even instant messaging become available to cyber-attackers through vulnerable home networks. 
  • The use of personal devices for two-factor authentication and applications for business purposes can also become an issue as their personal and professional lives cross paths, leaving their sensitive information in an insecure environment.

While the way we work is continuously evolving, we cannot predict when a cyberattack may occur. Delv’s Intelligent Digital Security (IDS) offers comprehensive coverage and development of your existing security investments while providing new solutions to cover your employees, devices and anything else technology related to your business. 

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