The sudden and swift shift of tens of millions of workers from on-site to remote work environments is challenging organisations as never before. According to the Office of National Statistics; More than 8 in 10 workers who had to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic said they planned to hybrid work.  Since then, the proportion of workers hybrid working has risen from 13% in early February 2022 to 24% in May 2022. 

What challenges does hybrid work present to companies

Remote work infrastructures are facing an increasing blight of cyber-attacks. As employees begin working from home in a potentially less secure IT environment, you need to be addressing immediate operational, process, technology and training gaps. Training is vital. You can install and operate the world’s finest cyber security system, but if your people don’t maintain their own ‘digital hygiene’, such as updating their computers and mobile software, then your investment can be easily wasted.

A new global survey of 450 IT and security professionals revealed the full impact that the pandemic has had on organisations as well as their security priorities for the hybrid workplace.

As employees become accustomed to working from home, your organisation may wish to start standardising your security procedures for remote work environments and exploring technologies that will minimise long-term risk. This could be in the form of stronger consumer security and fraud-prevention controls.

The potential for cyber-attacks, and how to protect oneself against them

It can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to protecting your business from cyber-crime and cyber-attacks. There’s so much information out there that it can become overwhelming, especially when the info is conflicting.

Your Cloud documents, emails and attachments, instant message clients and third-party services are all vulnerable – and with so much information being shared digitally, your attack surface has grown much wider. We’ve all heard of enterprises paying huge fines or even going out of business because of a simple hack to their systems. There are simply far too many threats out there to ignore the risks – from ransomware to phishing, often cyber-attacks happen because your systems or software aren’t fully up to date, leaving weaknesses. Hackers exploit, once they are in – it’s often too late to take preventative action.

The future of hybrid working is bright. The benefits are clear, and the trend is only going to continue to grow. For up-to-date advice, contact iTEXS IT support, our team of friendly professionals are always on hand.