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Remote working is leading to a rise in data breaches

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As remote working grows in popularity so to do the security risks with new research from CybSafe revealing that a third of UK businesses have suffered a data breach because of remote working in the last 12 months.

The concept of remote working has grown significantly over the last 10 years as businesses look to boost productivity, reduce costs, improve employee well-being and gain access to a wider range of talent.

CybSafe surveyed business decision-makers to discover that 80 per cent of UK businesses have seen a rise in remote working during the last two years.

Despite the growth of remote working in the UK, businesses are not doing enough to adapt and improve their security practices and policies. A quarter of those surveyed said their organisations had not implemented basic security precautions such as installing antivirus software and 30 per cent do not have any measures in place to restrict access to sensitive files.

Threat of data breaches

CEO and Founder of CybSafe OZ Alashe explained that businesses must put more effort into training their remote workers to avoid falling victim to a data breach, saying:

“While remote working has the potential to be hugely beneficial to businesses, the threat of related data breaches is being seriously underestimated. Most business leaders assume that their people know how to work safely when working remotely - but the number of data breaches caused by staff working remotely and the lack of training indicates that this isn’t the case. Given that remote working is likely to increase in popularity year on year, this is a problem that’s only going to get worse if businesses refuse to take action.” 

CybSafe's research also suggests that most decision-makers are overconfident when it comes to remote working with three quarters of respondents believing that each and every employee understands how to safely work remotely. However, only 50 per cent have provided training to their staff in the last 12 months.

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Anthony Spadafora

After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal and TechRadar. He has been a tech enthusiast for as long as he can remember and has spent countless hours researching and tinkering with PCs, mobile phones and game consoles.