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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

Remote Work is Helping to Change the Cybersecurity Landscape Part 2

The remote work revolution has opened up many opportunities for many people worldwide in an array of industries. But with every new change, there is always some risk associated with one party and, for others, the potential for a lucrative payday.

5 Types of Cybersecurity Risks Associated with Remote Work

This blog looks at the five types of cybersecurity risks associated with remote work and explains each associated risk.

1. Ransomware

As one of the most popular types of malware, ransomware is a vital tool for any cybercriminal looking to lock or block out users from their data, devices, or network. Many hackers attempt to gain control over a device, send threats regarding deleting data, or even publicly publish that data unless they receive a hefty ransom payment; this usually appears as a phishing campaign sent through emails.

2. Weak Passwords

Another common cybersecurity threat to many companies is simply using weak passwords, resulting in hackers covertly accessing sensitive data by guessing passwords. The fact is that weak passwords make any cybersecurity software and tools, such as firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs), obsolete and useless.

3. File Sharing

Regarding remote work, employees almost always need to share and access files between different devices. These routines can leave data vulnerable to being either intercepted or outright stolen by cybercriminals when the data is in transit. Eventually, what can happen is that a firm can find their they’ve been a victim of identity fraud, data theft, or ransomware attacks.

4. Unsecured Wi-Fi

In an office setting, businesses use a secure, corporate Wi-Fi network to ensure all information stays safe, leaving no opportunities for data breaches. These corporate Wi-Fi networks have layers of firewall protection monitoring traffic 24/7 and working to stop any suspicious activities. This isn’t always the case for remote work, as the information travels between networks, which can be unsecured.

5. Using Personal Devices

Lastly, many personnel uses their smartphones and other devices when working, usually without another thought. The truth is that personal devices present tremendous risks when it comes to remote work, mainly because devices can lack encryption to protect sensitive data and communication.

Hungry for more? Join me each week, where I’ll break down complex topics and dissect the latest news within the cybersecurity industry and blockchain ecosystem, simplifying the tech world.

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