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“Chance favors only the prepared mind.”

- Louis Pasteur

Top 10 Cybersecurity Threats

In 2020 and 2021, the appearance of the workforce has shifted drastically.  While many organizations normally had most of their employees working in-person, the introduction of Covid-19 shifted how companies approached safely retaining their employees safely during a global pandemic.  The solution many companies adopted was to have their employees work from home to help reduce the risk of exposure.  Before Covid 19 so greatly impacted the workplace structure, 20% of employees worked from home.  During the pandemic, an incredible 71% of employees transitioned to being remote workers.  It is estimated that once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, there will still be approximately 54% of employees who want to continue working remotely.   There is an elevated security risk for companies when they have employees working from home.  The beginning of the remote work transition happened to quickly that employees had to use their own personal computers (PC) versus a company provided machine.  This means employees were using PCs that did not have the same securities in place necessary for the storage and transmission of company data.  When businesses were able to provide secure machines to their remote employees, approximately 50% of remote workers said they use their company provided machines and devices for personal use (including streaming, online gaming, non-work-related web searches, and allowing their, now homeschooled due to the pandemic, children to use the machines).  Using business devices and machines for personal while remote working has created a concerning rise in the amount of cybersecurity issues companies have to deal with. Cybersecurity teams and IT specialists are presented with a larger challenge when it comes to keeping their organization safe.