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Remote working reality leaves UK businesses more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks

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With many people working from home, businesses have never been more at risk of a cyberattack than they are today. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Keeper Security, which claims (44 percent) have suffered a breach in the last 12 months.

Most breaches occur as a result of either compromised or stolen employee devices (opens in new tab). And, with employees working from home (mostly on their own devices), IT security departments are facing additional challenges, including unsecured home networks, infected personal devices, shadow IT and more.

While most of the breaches occur via “simple” malware attacks (50 percent), almost half happen after a phishing or social engineering attack (47 percent). These attacks play on the naivety of employees, but also on their capacity for distraction while working from home.

Given the severity of the threat to businesses, it is perhaps surprising to hear that more than half of employees polled see their IT security budgets as inadequate, while 60 percent claim the time to respond to a cyberattack has increased, in some cases “significantly”.

For Darren Guccione, CEO & co-founder of Keeper Security, the findings paint a “worrisome picture”.

“As we enter a prolonged period of remote working (opens in new tab), it is critical that businesses feel sufficiently protected from possible cyberattacks. IT security systems are not keeping up with the demands of the new way we work," he said.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.