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Two years after the pandemic: The hybrid job security challenge

Two years after the pandemic: The hybrid job security challenge
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Two years after the pandemic: The hybrid job security challenge

Two years ago, the Covid-19 pandemic forced millions of workers around the world to work remotely and changed the way we work. Before the pandemic, flexible or remote work arrangements had been the exception in most organizations, but overnight they became the norm.

Since then, you couldn’t be moved by endless (and varied) comments about the ‘future of work’, with predictions ranging from the total abolition of offices, collapse of coworking spaces until the return of full-time office presence. Two years later, we have settled on a more middle ground: hybrid work.

the new normal

As lockdown restrictions ease around the world, we’ve seen many different approaches to hybrid working, whether it’s a formal company policy or a “choose how you work” model. However, regardless of the approach, one thing is clear: flexibility is here to stay.

There have been many studies that reinforce this, and all of them put the onus on the employer. world investigation of The Adeco Group found that 40% of workers are considering moving to jobs with more flexible options, 80% of employees said they would be more loyal to their employer if they were given flexible work options under Flexjobs, and the Gartner Digital Worker Experience Survey 2021 found that 43% said flexible work hours helped them be more productive.

Therefore, the benefits of a more hybrid work model are clear and resounding; however, as with any new trend, it brings with it a new and unique set of challenges from a security perspective.

Hybrid work security challenges

Risks in the connected home

IoT devices continue to grow in popularity, whether they are smart assistants, refrigerators, doorbells or thermostats. While seemingly disconnected from work life, these devices create more entry points for cybercriminals. If a cybercriminal can hack into a smart device (which is not always designed with security in mind), they gain access to any other device on the same network, including corporate devices. Fortunately, many manufacturers are now taking IoT security much more seriously and taking a security-by-design approach. For consumers, device security begins and ends with the router and recent research which revealed that one in 16 home Wi-Fi routers still support the manufacturer’s default admin password and should be cause for concern.

Trusted remote access and cloud transformation

To mitigate insecure home networks and devices before the pandemic, many organizations would have systems in place to protect corporate devices outside of the office. However, many of these legacy on-premises solutions were not designed to accommodate a large number of staff working remotely, nor were Enterprise VPN services. While this presented an initial scalability challenge when the locks were first applied, it is still critically important. Whether at home or in the office, employees need secure access to company files and applications, and most organizations turn to cloud authentication and access management solutions. This has increased the speed at which operations and security technologies move to the cloud and the need for trusted cloud environments.

Public Wi-Fi Concerns

Telecommuting doesn’t just mean working from home. the rise of ‘third spaces’ It’s a trend to watch out for: workers flock to cafes, libraries and even pubs. Those who flock to these places, often when offices aren’t open or available to them, say they get an excitement and sense of community they just can’t get when working from home. However, despite the productivity gains, you could be opening up company data to a host of risks.

Many of these environments have open, public Wi-Fi networks. These networks are easy and convenient for those looking to log in, however they come with risks. Any device connected to public Wi-Fi is visible to anyone else on the network. Organizations may not be in a position to dictate where an employee works when remote, but the provision of VPN, multi-factor authentication, access management solutions and education about the risks of public Wi-Fi in this new era of hybrid work is encouraged.

The rise of consumer collaboration tools

The pandemic forced all of us to change the way we collaborate. She could no longer walk up to a teammate to discuss feedback on a job, or head into a meeting room to discuss confidential company updates; everything had to take place virtually. Tools like Zoom, Slack, and Asana are just a few of the tools companies have turned to for daily collaboration, and we discussed earlier the growth of consumer platforms used for messaging and collaboration. The danger of some of these tools: many are not secure and are the main targets of cyber attacks. This informative article technological goal provides a detailed description of the security of collaboration tools.

Work-Life ‘Blurrance’

As the lines between home and work environments began to blur, so did attitudes toward corporate device security. There are many studies about it, but one that caught our attention was this one from Avast found that, a third of UK SMEs connect to corporate networks using personal devices that do not have any security controls. More than a quarter of employees admitted to connecting a personal computer to a company network and 15% had connected a personal smartphone. Of those who did this, many did not get permission to do so.

People don’t do this because they don’t care about security, they’re just looking to get the job done with the tools at their disposal. Working from home has made the logistics of getting corporate IT and mobile devices to employees more complicated. It is of paramount importance that the connection of the employees is

reliable and easy to configure even in a complex logistics context. In this way they can connect your devices easily and securely when you first turn them on.

two years later

our recent Data Threat Report revealed that navigating these various challenges continues to plague businesses. After a full two years since the pandemic began, 79% are still concerned about the risks and security threats posed by remote work.

Flexible working will continue to dominate, as will the security risks that come with it.

*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Enterprise Security Archives – Thales Blog written by Danna Belen. Read the original post at: https://dis-blog.thalesgroup.com/security/2022/04/11/pandemic-two-years-on-the-security-challenge-of-hybrid-working/

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