The pandemic has seen a surge in WFH employees. It seems more people are working from home every day and as many businesses realise those cost savings, they are neglecting to see the potential security flaws in their IT systems.
The problem occurs when employees work from home and whether instructed otherwise or not, they tend to use their personal devices for work tasks. Deloitte, one of the world’s leading consulting companies has written about cybercrime and the risks from working at home. They mention that employees working from home have noticed a marked increase in probing, fraudulent emails. Often, they nonchalantly check email, log in to databases and handle customers or other employee’s data without understanding the risks. The report from Deloitte also highlights that some employees admit to keeping sensitive data with them just in case the company goes bust and they need it in the future. Unknowingly, they are exposing the organisation to great risk because personal devices are extremely vulnerable to cyber-attack.
To make matters worse, they sometimes bring their computers from home into the work environment and could potentially import viruses onto the company system.
However, the risk of using personal devices need not be such a colossal issue, as long as the organisation takes steps to protect itself from cybercriminals.