In response to the global pandemic, 48% of work environments will have a hybrid model in the future. This means that just under half of all businesses will practice a combination of remote and office-based working.
Removing all sense of normality for many people, businesses and governments across the globe, behaviour patterns have been forced to adapt. With fewer people wanting to go back to a more traditional way of working - only 11% of all US and UK employees still wish to work solely from the office - organisations must consider the best interests of all stakeholders.
That’s where a hybrid model comes into the equation. A hybrid model is a relatively new way of working that incorporates both remote and office-based working. Balancing between those working on-premise, further afield, and employees who practice a mixture of both, organisations need to understand how to manage dispersed workforces to efficiently mitigate security risks. With 49% of data breaches caused by phishing between March and July 2020, the importance of cyber security hygiene has never been higher.
What do you need to consider when building a hybrid model?
IT teams will be stretched
With a move to flexible working, IT teams have to simultaneously manage and mitigate security risk. Paired with increased security risks with remote working, IT leaders must consider the potential impact to their employees. This is in part down to…
...Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Posing security risks to organisations who lacked proper security screening, BYOD was prominent during the lockdown period in organisations who didn’t have a swift transition to remote working. The importance of ensuring a high security posture starts with implementing certain controls to keep employees safe; 68% of UK and US workers who received phishing emails on personal devices actively engaged with the attack, compromising data and personal information.
Understand the risks to your organisation
You need to ensure that the right security is in place and that these are encompassed in best practice, and that employees use these regardless of the environment. Make use of cloud storage, up-to-date software and clear policies to build your security posture’s compliance.
Keeping it professional by requiring two factor or multi-factor authentication on company software and encouraging people to treat personal devices as solely recreational can mitigate some security risks. To secure hybrid working from the ground up, IT leaders must prioritise the extensive security training (58%). Ultimately, this is the key to providing your workforce with the means to work in a safer, less threat-heavy environment. Implementing or upgrading better BYOD policies can only take you so far, as you’re not wholly absorbing the risk that personal devices bring.
In order to protect against data breaches and cyber threats, your people have to be at the centre of your cyber security. Most cybersecurity tools are built for enterprises with big budgets and in-house expertise, so for SMEs without these resources, getting cyber secure can feel expensive, confusing and out-of-reach. CyberSmart can take you through a journey to being cyber secure – with no need for expertise or expensive software.
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