Remote working ‘highlights data vulnerability amid shortage of cybersecurity talent’

Companies need to invest in IT security for remote working or risk data breaches and “PR disasters” according to a report by recruitment company Robert Walters and Vacancysoft.

The report, Cybersecurity: Building Business Resilience, warned that businesses have been “able to get away with weak security” during the pandemic but this needs to change. It also highlighted a study by ISC showing 70% of European countries do not have a sufficient cyber security team while there is a talent gap of 140,000 people.

The report said security vulnerabilities have been exposed as employees move from a secure office cloud environment to public clouds – with threat actors using the opportunity for phishing and ransomware attacks. It said data is further under threat as employees continue to work on personal devices that do not comply with organisational IT security standards.

It said: “The immediate change to remote working highlighted to businesses the scale of their vulnerability.

“Industries such as law, HR, and finance will soon have much to answer for in regards to their processes of handling important and personal information at home.

“While remote working has been mandatory, businesses have been able to get away with weak security measures, however if they are to listen to the needs of their employees who want to continue with greater flexibility then investment needs to be put in to avoid any PR disasters.”


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