US hybrid workers are (hopefully) closing down their laptops for the winter holidays, but before they do, they should check in with their hardworking IT security teams to make sure everything is buttoned up before heading into the new year.
That’s because sophisticated cyber attacks have been ramping up over the past year, and aren’t likely to slow down in 2022, security experts are saying.
Just last week, senior White House cyber official Jen Easterly warned executives from major US industries that they need to take action to address “one of the most serious” vulnerabilities she has seen.
Especially at risk is what IT departments call “the corporate perimeter,” the end-user devices like laptops, printers, and corporate smartphones that are the most exposed.
From phishing scams around upcoming global events to the security of a permanent hybrid workforce, it will be more important than ever for organizations to protect data and ensure the continuation of critical infrastructure and workflows.
Here are the four most important things IT managers can do:
Defend hybrid workers
Some 61% of remote workers anticipate working in this way in 2022 and beyond. But doing so will perpetuate many of the associated risks that emerged over the past two years. And major events like the Winter Games and the FIFA World Cup will provide plenty of opportunities for new phishing lures. Home workers are often distracted, making them prone to engage in risky behavior like using unsecured personal devices for work.