Work from Home leading to surge in Cyber Attacks in UK

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The Work from Home (WfH) culture might do well to the employees, but some companies are disclosing openly that they are witnessing a surge in cyber attacks( mainly data breaches) on their IT infrastructure as their employees are not following basic cyber hygiene of using strong passwords and authenticating their Identity whole accessing networks.

A survey conducted by a software firm Diligent involving 450 respondents in UK found that the WfH culture offered to its employees after the eruption of Corona Pandemic crisis has fetched them monetary losses from data breaches in the first 18 months of the pandemic and the situation seems to worsen in days to come.

Over 82% of respondents who took part in the survey claimed that they gained a loss of $3 million on average/month because of fraudulent access to their network infrastructure by hackers. And most of these issues erupted because of weak antivirus software, lowly secure internet connections, and the use of video meeting solutions such as Zoom that were sparsely protected and can easily be hacked.

And in coming months, things could deteriorate as most of the tech businesses in UK are looking to adopt hybrid work culture where employees may work from home and office as per a weekly schedule.

By setting up remote work security policies, using VPNs for communications, curtailing the user of personal devices, using authentication codes and modes, educating employees about phishing and malware campaigns, and providing IT support in need can help in mitigating the Cybersecurity risks involved in the remote work culture.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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