Is remote working making your business vulnerable to cyber threats or data breaches? Did you know the likelihood of becoming a victim of a cyberattack increases exponentially when employees are not trained or prepared? According to a report by industry research firm Gartner, ransomware and malware attacks are on the rise. The study found that ransomware attacks increased by 60% and malware attacks increased by 40% in 2021.
The sudden and unplanned migration to remote work due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, has been the driving factor behind this alarming increase. The last year has been stressful and chaotic enough. It’s time to empower your employees to identify and avoid security pitfalls with confidence. Employees are one of your most important business assets. However, without proper security training, they can also become your costliest.
On the heels of a global shift to remote work environments, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the fear and chaos going around by continuously attacking, exploiting all weaknesses, and vulnerabilities they can find. A study published in 2021 by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth found that over 75% of businesses plan to continue widespread remote work even after the pandemic subsides.
However, with attacks and cyberthreats are increasing, it is imperative that you implement proper security controls and regular training to succeed and thrive in a decentralized work environment.