Post Covid-19 Security Challenges of a Hybrid Workforce

COVID-19 forced us to quickly adapt to working from home, which unfortunately meant organisations had no choice but to put cybersecurity on the back seat without a second thought. Now we have finally learned how to be cyber smart at home, another shift to hybrid working has thrown a spanner in the works.


Data is one of the most important assets of a company, protecting it becomes even more important when the workforce is split between corporate and home offices. Focusing on seamless cybersecurity with a hybrid workforce will be at the top of every CISO’s strategy for the foreseeable future. 


A cybersecurity team have an incredibly difficult job of balancing the protection of data in the realms of company offices with the same validity of individual home working environments. Now the majority of businesses are back in the office part-time security teams are picking up the pieces of almost a year of poor cyber hygiene and unsecured work which has had a significantly huge reliance on cloud-based and SaaS platforms. 


Charles Henderson, global head of IBM’s X-Force Red described it perfectly when he said “employees have been away from centralized IT functions for quite some time and you don’t know what type of baggage they’re bringing back with them from their time at home.”


22% of all cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error and ignorance so with a hybrid workforce the responsibility will have to reside as much with the individual as it does the environment. The first step to overcoming the swinging door to hackers is ensuring your employees are educated on cybersecurity risks and how a simple human error can be detrimental to any organisation. 


Alistair Neil, Director for Security, EMEA and APAC at Verizon Business has stressed that investing in the right technology is the key to overcoming the tentative working environments.


What security advice do you have for a hybrid workforce?



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