A survey of more than 1,500 UK employees found widespread fear of becoming the victim of a cyberattack following the national order to impose social distancing and transition to remote work. 49% of respondents indicated that they lack confidence in their computer hardware, and 42% reported receiving a suspicious email while working from home.
Notably, 18% indicated that they’d experienced a cybersecurity event while working from home, and more than half of breach victims indicated a malicious email was to blame. Phishing attacks have soared, up over 600% in the wake of COVID-19.
While some participants felt that their employers provided helpful defensive tools, like antivirus software or access to a VPN service, only 28% received specific training for the endpoints and applications that comprise their workflow.
The risks of remote work are well-documented, and with this arrangement likely to continue for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to ensure that your employees have the tools necessary to protect your valuable data.