Work-from-home trend will remain even after pandemic starts to decline, and that is why it is crucial to follow these steps to minimize the threats.
With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we are (hopefully) nearing the end of the pandemic’s crisis. However, its effects will long outlast its year-long reign. The increase in the number of employees who choose to work from home (WFH) at least part of the time is among the likely permanent changes brought by COVID-19.
Many employees like the idea of WFH and, often, employers do as well. A Gartner survey shows that approximately three-quarters of employers intend to permanently implement remote work, even after the green light is given on returning to the office post-COVID.
This hybrid work model comes with advantages and disadvantages — and among the disadvantages is a sharp rise in the number of cyber threats and vulnerabilities. When employees connect to organizational servers, databases, and intranets via the Internet, they are really working at a remote endpoint of the corporate office. But unlike in office-based environments, they are not as diligently protected.
Therefore, CISOs need to view home-based devices as integral parts of IT and mandate that the devices, as well as the people using them, undergo the same level of security as they would when operating from the office. Like any other maturity improvement program, organizations must grapple with the challenges posed by their people (employees, third-party vendors, and so on), processes, and technology and implement the necessary security measures to protect them.