Even as the threat of COVID-19 eventually normalizes in our post-pandemic environment, many of the habits and changes we made will likely stay. One of those is hybrid workspaces.
A hybrid workplace or workspace is a flexible system that allows workers to shift between onsite and offsite work. According to recent data, 65 percent of employees want a hybrid workspace moving forward. This is understandable as working remotely means employees no longer have to deal with the stress and cost of a long commute and can work at their own pace. Supervisors are also embracing the idea of a hybrid workplace because the pandemic proved that employees could be as productive, if not more when working at home.
It seems like the ideal solution for everyone. However, cybersecurity experts have raised concerns about the hybrid workplace model.
The risks of remote work
In a traditional office setting, implementing cybersecurity measures such as protection from DDOS attacks is easy. However, in a hybrid workspace, things become a bit more complicated. Most enterprises have a secure network that employee devices can connect to, ensuring some degree of protection. The office devices are also equipped with top-of-the-line antivirus software and are monitored by the I.T. team.
However, your employees’ home networks and devices may not have this level of security, leaving them vulnerable to potential attacks. Some employees may even be accessing public networks like cafe or library routers, which could jeopardize the company if their device contains sensitive information. Besides this, there’s also the increased risk of employees losing work devices. Some companies provided work laptops or tablets for their employees to bring home. While these devices helped maintain productivity throughout the lockdowns, they are now an additional weak link to the already fragile cybersecurity chain. More persistent cybercriminals now have the option to steal these devices and extract company secrets from them.
There is also the concern of slower emergency responses. When working onsite, any emergency is quickly made apparent to the supervisors, and the I.T. department as they’re often a few steps away. However, with remote work, you’ll have to call or email to report an incident, and there’s a chance the concerned parties may not be available to address it immediately. This is devastating because even a few seconds can spell the difference between a close call and…
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