As we progress towards the end of the year, we are beginning to paint a clearer picture of the post COVID-19 workforce. More businesses are beginning to prepare themselves with long term remote and hybrid working solutions, and the cyber attacks that may surge as a result. Here at Cloud Geeni, we work with clients on a daily basis, helping them to remain protected and secure with our managed cloud computing services. Personally, more and more clients and partners are coming to me to ask about the major threats posed to a mobile and remote workforce over the next few years.

Amidst incredibly uncertain times, if anything is certain it is that the way in which we socialise and conduct business is going to change for the long term as we move into the ‘new normal’. Our personal and professional lives are transitioning to be even more online that previously.

While a remote and hybrid workforce brings a range of benefits with it, there are also serious dangers that businesses need to be prepared to face.

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As remote working increases, so do cyber attacks

While we stay at home and socially distanced in order to protect one another, we are conversely leaving ourselves more wide open than ever to cybercriminals, hackers and scammers. Evidence is beginning to show that these opportunists are beginning to make the most of a vulnerable workforce working from home during the pandemic.

This trend simply can’t be ignored. Data is showing that around 91% of cybersecurity executives have noticed an increase in cybersecurity attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. But why is this exactly?

Well, one of the reasons may be that, with more people working from home, responding to emails and having correspondence online, our tendency to open infected emails and leave ourselves open to phishing and malware has increased.

Cyberattacks exploiting endpoint such as laptops, desktops, mobiles and other devices has increased during COVID-19. And with predictions showing that remote and hybrid working is very much here to stay, businesses now need to invest in long term cybersecurity solutions for the future.

These cyberattacks can be absolutely devastating. They can damage your business’s productivity, taking time talent and resources to fix while also leaving your data security at risk. For some businesses, such as those in the legal sector, data protection is a huge priority and this poses a huge cyber security threat.

This is why finding a solution that protects your IT and an increasingly mobile workforce is so important. Here at Cloud Geeni, providing watertight cybersecurity is one of our key managed cloud computing services. If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me today. I’m always available for a chat to discuss IT security and how we can help to protect your business.