Forbes magazine estimates that businesses and other organizations will incur losses of up to $6 trillion by 2021 due to cyber security risks. The most common threats will come from malware, phishing, SQL and man in the middle attacks.
Cyber security attacks can cause your business to lose important customer data, lead to theft of important business information such as blueprints and financial records and ultimately lead to loss of money.
One of the major sources of cyber security threats is remote workers and you need to identify the risks they pose to your organization so you can put the right security measures in place.
Below are a few cyber security risks your business faces from remote workers.
Risks From Decentralization
The nature of remote work means that employees are operating in a decentralized environment which makes it difficult to control the devices or operating systems that they use to perform work tasks and communicate with your head office.
This means that your IT department needs to be extra vigilant in ensuring that devices and operating systems are in line and that they use the same security systems in order to prevent breaches.
Using Public WIFI
Remote workers can choose to use public WIFI if they’re short of time or unwilling to pay for a metered connection. This means that they could send files over unsecured connections such as public WIFI.
The dangers of public WIFI stem from the fact that hackers can position themselves between workers and the public connection point. As a result, the hacker receives the information that was meant for you and they are then able to steal details like email addresses, credit card information and other sensitive business data.
In addition, hackers can use public WIFI to send malware which can corrupt the files in your system.
Absence Of Commitment To Best Practice In Security
Remote workers are less likely to adhere to best practices in cyber security. This is due to the fact that there’s no one there to supervise them. Many remote workers admit to losing phones containing sensitive company information. Plus, they use public WIFI to send files and neglect to use passwords to protect data.
Risks From Social Media
Remote workers usually share details about projects they’re working on, organizations where they’re working and their employment status. Therefore, it’s easy for hackers to break into their system. Especially, if your remote employees are working on a personal computer.
Hackers can then use this information to attack your company, steal information and possibly install malware.
Lack Of Backup Systems
In case data is lost or stolen, remote employees have little recourse. They may not have access to backup devices where they can retrieve the data.
Lost or stolen information may end up in the hands of someone with sinister motives. This could cost your company thousands of dollars to clean up any problems
Conclusion On Cyber Security Risks From Remote Workers
Remote employees offer great benefits to businesses including lower overhead costs, increased productivity and a healthier bottom-line.
However, your business data can be compromised if you use remote workers. This isdue to the fact that they may inadvertently share it with 3rd parties.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to mitigate losses from cyber security threats. You can also put in systems that ensure that your data is safe regardless of who is using it.