Important - Our phone VoIP provider is experiencing extended technical difficulties. If you are unable to reach us on our main line, please call our temporary number 365-652-6971.

Work for Home and Remote Working Raise the Risk but Businesses are Slow to Adapt

COVID-19 has brought about a change in cybercriminal activity as work from home and remote working raise the risk but businesses are slow to adapt.

A recent cyber security study went to market to get an understanding of how businesses rate their own cyber security and compliance risks.

Here are some interesting results from the study:

  • 31 percent report their entire business process has changed and is still evolving since COVID-19.
  • 26 percent report that they rushed certain projects that were scheduled for later.
  • 18 percent report security as being a c-level concern.
  • 57 percent report team collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Slack as the largest risk
  • 41 percent report marketing technologies as the largest risk.
  • 25 percent report management personal social media as the largest risk to phishing attempts.
  • 52 percent report unauthorized apps as a large cyber security concern.
  • 59 percent report budget and purchasing new technology as a concern.

According to a recent Deloitte article, cybercriminals are adapting their cyber tactics and targeting people in their homes and office.  As working from home becomes a gateway to new forms of data theft, companies face increased cyber risk.

Some key summary points include the following:

  • Cybercriminals are creating new cyber tactics and exploiting COVID-19 fears.
  • Work-from-Home (WFH) is becoming the best gateway to data theft.
  • Old technology and inadequate cyber security are slowing down productivity.
  • 25 percent report an increase in fraudulent emails, spam, and phishing attempts
  • 50 percent of them use the COVID-19 crisis as the mechanism.
  • 26 percent report they want copies of valuable company data in case of ransomware.
  • 80 percent feel their organization needs to prioritize preventive cyber security measures.

Work from home and remote working raise the risk but businesses are slow to adapt.  Organizations need to take proactive measures in order to be able to ensure that the exchange of data between their offices and those employees working from home is protected.  This will avoid home offices becoming a gateway to cybercrime.

Have Your Passwords Been Stolen in a Data Breach? Try our free data breach scan today and start protecting yourself from cybercriminals.

Going to the cloud or worried about security?  We are your leading Cloud Services Providers Toronto and Managed Security Services Toronto.

365 iT SOLUTIONS  is Toronto’s leading IT consulting boutique firm offering industry leading IT solutions including Managed IT ServicesManaged Security ServicesIT Support ServicesIT Outsourcing ServicesTech Support ServicesCloud ServicesBusiness continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR), and Cyber Security Training and Dark Web Monitoring.

We Make IT Simple!


More News

Get a Free Network
Assessment (Value $1,997)

No Obligation. No Risk. Completely Free.