Cybersecurity has rocketed to the top of business priorities over the last decade as businesses defend against rising cybercrime. Professional hackers are always looking to identify new vulnerabilities to exploit, and the recent leap forward in remote and hybrid working proved to be one such opportunity.
While the trend towards flexible hybrid working has been gaining momentum for some time, the relatively sudden rise in home working driven by the pandemic meant that many organisations were forced to adapt without their usual security protocols. According to research, 90% of executives reported a rise in cybersecurity attacks on their businesses since the onset of the pandemic. The main challenges cited by those surveyed were all linked to remote working and controlling access from new devices and locations.
Now the period of emergency measures has passed, many organisations across EMEA are choosing to retain or further develop a hybrid working model. This presents new challenges to ensure people can work securely yet efficiently across multiple locations such as the company office, a local co-working space, a desk at home or on the go, while travelling to a meeting, for instance. Even organisations that are entirely based in their company office will be part of a chain where other businesses have made changes, which may have a knock-on effect on security.