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The Battle Between Remote Work and Cybersecurity

By: Brian Wallace

 

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Are you working from home?  Reading this on your phone or laptop?  If you are like the majority of Americans you most likely answered yes to both of these questions and you most likely are being watched by a hacker. 

The transition to remote work has brought an insane amount of increased cyber crimes.  The FBI had reported a 300% increase in reported cyber crimes.  This is not an unprecedented anomaly.  The increase in remote work has brought companies many a headache with cyber attacks. 

Many companies have tried to employ Multi-factor authentication to try and prevent some of these attacks.  MFA is a system where you verify your identity and password with several types of authentication.  The most common one is the use of one time authorization codes sent by SMS messaging or email communication. 

While MFA is a helpful solution to stopping some cyber crimes, it has a whole host of problems it brings to companies and employees.  The use of these one time authentication codes can be easily traced due to their SMS or email origins. 

MFA is also incredibly frustrating for the employee as it takes more time for login and verification.  They also require having two devices which may not be a possibility for some employees.  Passwords and security questions are often forgotten or are frustrating to guess how you spelled it at one moment in history. 

One of the best solutions to this security problem is the use of software that helps secure company databases.  Software such as this helps secure databases by eliminating passwords and using secure biometrics and cryptography. 

They also use risk based authorization that constantly monitor risk factors and report any anomalies that they may detect.  This type of authorization also allows companies to stop cyber attacks before they happen. 

Another facet of passwordless security is that it alleviates the tension that surrounds logins.  They eliminate the need for two devices for authorization and help quell interception by a hacker. This helps create a secure and painless environment for both company and employee. 

At the end of the day, cyber attacks are prevalent through remote work.  Employees must be cognizant of the information that they have out there.  Companies must be willing to invest in security and be willing to find solutions to these problems for their employees.  Security is and should always be a top priority. 

Published: June 1, 2021
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Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018.

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