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3 hybrid working cyber security threats and how to defend against them

Seventy-three percent of people worldwide think hybrid working is the future of employment, and it’s easy to see why.

Hybrid working is still flexible, but some of the issues that arose while remote working are combated by the hybrid model. Staff who feel disconnected can come into the office a couple of days a week, for instance.

However, without the right precautions, training and policies in place, hybrid work could impact your cyber security.

We’ve identified three threats your business could encounter. But don’t worry—we’ll also tell you the five main ways you can defend against them, too.

1. Phishing emails

Phishing accounts for 83 percent of cyber attacks. Not very surprising—these kind of threats can be incredibly sophisticated. With the right logo and information in an email, anyone in your organisation is at risk.

These messages can easily go undetected. And, once they’re opened, your sensitive data is no longer safe.

2. Malware

Keyloggers, trojans, worms—there seems to be countless types of malicious software. They love public networks that are typically used when remote working. They’re easier to sneak through, after all. And, once they have, your assets are at risk.

Sometimes, hackers are after your sensitive information. Other times, like with ransomware, it’s your money.

One in five of businesses attacked or breached in the last year ended up losing some sort of commodity.

Whatever the malware’s purpose, if it goes undetected it could negatively impact your business.

3. Human error

According to a recent survey by Verizon, 85 percent of security breaches involve the human element. For example, forgetting to apply the appropriate security measures with email and file sharing can put data at risk. And an employee untrained in cyber security protocols could send sensitive information to an unintended recipient.

Then there’s the fact that hybrid workers often use the same device when home working as in the office. This increases the likelihood of theft, device sharing and inadequate access control.

5 ways to defend against security threats

‘Attackers are often very capable and motivated in constructing strategic campaigns. To face these very real threats, we, as defenders, must be as capable and as motivated.’ – McKinsey

There are five simple things that you and your staff can do to defend yourself from cyber threats:

1. Install anti-virus software

Good anti-virus software will detect viruses and malware. Microsoft Defender even comes with anti-phishing protection built-in, and is included in your Microsoft 365 suite.

2. Encrypt data

A virtual private network (VPN) provides a secure network connection, scrambling all data so only authorised individuals will be able to access it.

3. Train your staff

Staff trained in cyber security will react faster to threats, mitigating any damage, or preventing it entirely. They’ll also make less of those ‘human errors’ we were talking about earlier on.

4. Migrate to the cloud

Running your business from the cloud, rather than a physical server, will mean that a threat can be isolated on the endpoint device. It’ll also mean any lost data will be easier to recover.

5. Automate tasks

By automating repetitive tasks that are prone to error, you’re less likely to — well — make errors. Intelligent automation will allow you to prioritise alerts and neutralise threats more quickly. And it’ll mean your employees can concentrate on their work, just like you hired them to do.

Hybrid working, without the risks

The hybrid working model offers a more flexible, productive and connected option for companies. But without the right security strategy, your business could be at risk.

Akari can help you identify these threats and defend against them. That way, your business can keep on working, into the new normal, and far beyond. Contact us today to find out more.

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