Remote working ups risk of cyber breach, most businesses believe

Credit: Maksim Kabakou

The rise in remote working in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis has increased the risk of a cyber breach, say three quarters of UK businesses.

The data was obtained via a poll of 200 senior business decision makers in large and medium sized UK companies donated by Censuswide for cyber security company, Centrify.

It revealed that 46% have already noted an increase in phishing attacks since implementing a policy of widespread remote working.

The polling took place on 26th – 27th March, as the UK government announced much stricter lockdown policies to tackle the coronavirus, including urging all employees to work from home where possible.

The research also found that 79% of business decision makers have increased their cyber security procedures to manage high volumes of remote access over the next three months.

Similarly, 73% of businesses have given staff extra training on how to remain cyber-safe when working remotely, with specific training around verifying passwords and log-in credentials.

The survey also noted additional fears that IT systems are at risk, with over half (53%) saying they believe that privileged IT admin remote access is at risk of security breach.