WiFi routers are admittedly a little boring when it comes to home technology gadgets, but they are one of the most important. It’s the single point of control monitoring all incoming and outgoing internet traffic – a front door, if you will.
Security challenges can happen any time there is a shift to a workforce environment, but the COVID-19 pandemic truly heightened those challenges. A “Work From Home Study” conducted in June 2020 by Morning Consult® and IBM® Security gathered that 80% of respondents rarely, if at all, worked from home pre-pandemic. Obviously this number has dramatically shifted, and may never go back to pre-COVID levels.
According to Gallup News, there are many more employees working from home than there were six months ago. And naturally, the home networks are likely much more exposed than they are from within a protected corporate office network. The cybersecurity threat amidst a distributed workforce is real and serious.
Self-quarantined employees are forcing organizations to allow access to critical data remotely. Coronavirus is presenting organizations with a unique opportunity to adopt modern security protocols and enable an efficient remote workforce.
Comparitech, a UK-based Technology Research and Evaluation company recently identified a potential data leak that could impact up to 2.8m CenturyLink customer records, though only name, address, and phone number. As a loss of data, it does not even get to the back page of the news. Names, addresses, and phone numbers are hardly private anymore.
Cybersecurity over the past few years has been getting more exposure as a mainstream topic in the media, mostly due to data breaches of very well know consumer related brands as they impact most of our day to day lives, such as Facebook, Target, and Equifax.
But what are the true stats and trends behind these breaches, what are the types of vulnerabilities these companies are leaving exposed, and what is the true cost to companies?