In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organisations were forced to rapidly move their employees to a remote workforce or “Working from Home” (WFH). The situation may remain in place for a prolonged period of time, but many businesses have embraced this change in culture. This pandemic has demonstrated the viability of remote working but requires the need for a long-term sustainable strategy to support and secure a partial or complete shift to a mobile empowered workforce.
But this comes at a cost, staff mixing personal and corporate use of laptops and home devices, combined with the use of cheap home routers conecting to high-speed broadband services, lacks the protection afforded to them by expensive security appliances within the workplace. The hacking community have seized this opportunity and have increased their activity. This presents additional complexities, leaving businesses further exposed to cyber-attacks such as phishing and exposure to malware.
To identify and protect against security threats during these challenging times reviewing strategy, policies and controls that may have been sacrificed at the need for this rapid adoption should be a critical priority for businesses.
Conversely, when staff eventually return to their corporate offices, their experience of such performance will need to be maintained to support new collaborative practices. Whilst offices lay vacant, now is the opportune time to evaluate the capability and flexibility of the corporate network environment to ensure it will support such a cultural shift of working behaviour.
The SolarWinds breach shows us that the cyber threat environment only continues to worsen. Key findings from a recent Remote Workforce Security Report found that 75% of businesses are concerned about the security risks introduced by users working from home and a quarter of them lack the adoption of or have ineffective network and endpoint cyber security.
Outside of any direct financial losses, the real cost is trust and reputational damage. Consider the impact of a publicly reported breach to your current clients and resultant loss of faith in your ability to keep their data safe and the potential risk of prospective clients looking elsewhere.
Enso has partnered with several leading providers of managed security services to protect your business, corporate data and staff, no matter the location.
We provide specific ”Work From Home” security bundles providing Device, Email and MS Office 365 Security Monitoring backed by a 24/7/365 Security Operations Centre.
Whilst your workforce is remotely working, get ahead of the return and take this opportunity to engage with us to perform a network health check and evaluate the capability and flexibility of your corporate network office, ensuring it will be fit to support such a cultural shift of working and collaborative behaviour.