30th November 2020 Uncategorized Minutes

A recent report from Microsoft Ireland has revealed that poor password hygiene and the use of personal devices while remote working are among the security issues from employees working at home during the pandemic.

The research, conducted by Amárach Research on behalf of Microsoft Ireland, has highlighted some of the cybersecurity challenges faced by employees as the working world transitions to remote working, with 26 per cent of workers reporting they had experienced a cyberattack, according to Real Wire.

Amárach quizzed 500 employees and 200 decision-makers in September 2020, to find that a quarter of remote workers were concerned about the security of confidential data that they share with colleagues, and one fifth said their data was more vulnerable while continuing to work from home.

A third of employees, however, still use their personal emails to share confidential work materials, and a third said they use the same password for both work and personal devices. 43 per cent said they have unregulated access to work documents from their homes.

36 per cent of employers said that they quickly transitioned to remote working earlier this year, and are only now retrofitting security, privacy and workplace procedures. 45 per cent of firms asked their employees to use their personal devices for work since the pandemic forced remote working, and 42 per cent have yet to secure their devices.

Also, 41 per cent of the companies surveyed said they are having difficulties remaining GDPR-compliant because of COVID-related work changes.

Des Ryan, Microsoft Ireland’s solutions director, said: “Cyber hackers are opportunistic, skilled and relentless. They have become adept at evolving their techniques to increase success rates, whether by experimenting with different phishing lures, adjusting the types of attacks they execute or finding new ways to hide their work.”

Microsoft has said that it blocked 13 billion malicious and suspicious emails around the world in 2019, and the most common incidences between October 2019 and July 2020 included ransomware.

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