Since the pandemic hit, working from home has become the new normal. Even though it’s now safe to get back to the office, many companies are sticking with the remote setup because, well, it’s convenient. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows - working from home has opened up a can of worms when it comes to keeping our digital stuff safe. 

What’s the Big Deal with Cybersecurity at Home?

Working from home means we’re out of the protective bubble of our office networks. Many of us are using our home networks and personal devices for work. This setup can bring on a bunch of security headaches that could end up being a real pain for the company.

Home Networks: Not as Safe as You Think

Keeping your home network safe starts with the basics like updating your antivirus software. But here’s something you might not know: your router needs updates too. Ignoring this is like leaving your front door unlocked, making it easy for online baddies to take a peek at your work data. 

Living in a Digital World

These days, we’re all about the online tools for getting our work done. Besides shooting off emails and sharing files, we’re video calling, online banking, and managing orders all on our screens. This heavy reliance on tech can be risky, especially when working from home, giving hackers more chances to mess with our work.

Getting Everyone Up to Speed on Cybersecurity

In the office, there’s usually a tech guru or two to handle cybersecurity hiccups. But at home, it’s a different ball game. Many folks aren’t up to snuff on how to handle cybersecurity threats, which means there’s a learning curve we need to climb to keep our digital workspace safe.

We’re Only Human

Mistakes happen, and unfortunately, they’re a common cause of data breaches. Studies show that about 40% of folks working from home are feeling the fatigue, and juggling work with home chores doesn’t help. This tiredness can lead to slip-ups with cybersecurity, which could accidentally expose company info to hackers.

The Password Problem

When it comes to breaking into company networks, hackers often start by trying to crack passwords. It’s the low-hanging fruit, especially since many people still use weak passwords for important accounts.

The Issue with Personal Devices

In an office, you’re likely using a company-issued computer loaded with all the cybersecurity bells and whistles. At home, it’s a different story. Our personal laptops or smartphones might not be up to par with security measures, and that’s something we need to fix.

Making Home the Safest Office

Working from home has its perks, and if it works for your company, that’s awesome. Just make sure you’ve got your cybersecurity bases covered. We can help with that!

Need more help with cybersecurity? Our experts are ready to arm you and your team with the knowledge and tech you need to stay safe from online threats. Get in touch to learn more about our cybersecurity services and how we can tailor them to meet your needs. 

Andrew Brown

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