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Covid-19 remote working causes security fears for most decision makers

Written by  Apr 07, 2020

Cyber criminals have a new target since many employees began working from home.

Nearly three-quarters of business decision makers (71%) believe that the shift to 100% remote working during the Covid-19 crisis has increased the likelihood of a cyber breach, according to new data released by cyber security company Centrify, a leading provider of identity-centric privileged access management solutions.

The data, obtained via a poll of 200 senior business decision-makers in large and medium-sized UK companies conducted by independent polling company Censuswide on behalf of Centrify, also revealed that 46% have already noted an increase in phishing attacks since implementing a policy of widespread remote working.

Andy Heather, VP, Centrify said, “Cyber criminals will no doubt attempt to seize the opportunity presented by the all-out expansion of remote workers, many of whom have not been proficiently trained in even the most basic of cyber security measures. Therefore, it is essential that businesses and employees remain vigilant during these challenging times.

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“Organisations of all sizes must prioritise security protocols when transitioning employees from an office to a remote working environment. This includes introducing professional training for all employees on how to operate IT and online infrastructure safely, and how to spot unusual or potentially malicious activity.

“Furthermore, businesses should take an identity-centric approach to secure remote privileged access, to ensure that any hackers and cyber criminals cannot gain access to sensitive systems or data.”

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The research also found that 79% of business decision makers have increased their cyber security procedures to manage high volumes of remote access over the next three months. Similarly, 73% of businesses have given staff extra training on how to remain cyber-safe when working remotely, with specific training around verifying passwords and log-in credentials.

The survey also noted additional fears that IT systems are at risk, with over half (53%) saying they believe that privileged IT admin remote access is at risk of security breach.


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